in Economics from Duke University.
Master of Regional Planning from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Business and Community Activities
Rick Carlisle is Managing Partner of Dogwood Equity
-- Managers of the North Carolina Economic Opportunities
Fund. The Fund invests in high quality, high growth
companies located outside the major urban areas of North
Carolina. Prior to founding Dogwood Equity, Carlisle
served as Secretary of Commerce from 1998 – 2001.
previously served as Economic Policy Advisor to the
Governor from April 1993 to August 1997, and as Deputy
Secretary of the Department of Commerce until his appointment
as Secretary in 1998.
has been involved in economic development and public
policy in a variety of roles since 1978. He previously
served as a public official, a university economist,
and as a public policy consultant in several nonprofit
corporations. In North Carolina, he was engaged in the
design of the Main Street Downtown Development Program,
the Community Development Block Grant Program, the State
Development Zones Program, the North Carolina Enterprise
Corporation, the Microenterprise Development Program,
and other initiatives to promote community and economic
development in North Carolina.
was also a principal architect of major legislative
initiatives to promote North Carolina’s economic
competitiveness. These include Governor Hunt’s
1995 tax reduction package, the 1996 William S. Lee
Quality Jobs and Business Expansion Act, and the 1998
Economic Opportunity Act.
Secretary, Carlisle worked to increase the state’s
competitiveness for major economic development projects,
particularly in the state’s rural areas. Successes
include a $300 million dollar investment and a $180
million dollar investment in rural Northeastern North
Carolina, and the Federal Express East Coast Hub in
Greensboro, which will invest $300 million dollars and
create 1500 jobs. He also emphasized the state’s
competitiveness for technology-intensive enterprises
and entrepreneurial development.
He serves on several boards, including the Board of
Trustees for Western Carolina University. He served
in the United States Air Force as a Vietnamese Linguist.
of Trustees, Western Carolina University.
Board of Trustees, Western Carolina University Foundation.
Board of Directors, North Carolina School of Science
and Mathematics Foundation.
Board of Directors, Leadership North Carolina.
Board of Directors, National Association of Corporate
Directors, RTP Chapter.
Board of Directors, North Carolina Commerce Trade and
Member, North Carolina Progress Board.