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Encouragement from the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

March 26, 2020


As each day greets us with more headlines about the growing economic and public health toll of this pandemic, it's only natural to wonder whether and how the work we do might make a difference in the face of such a global issue.

I’m reminded then of that old story about the boy and the starfish. If you don’t already know it, here’s how it goes:

"One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one. Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”. The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?” The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, “I made a difference to that one!"

Let that be the spirit that continues guiding us all in our work during these challenging times.

Christopher Chung
Chief Executive Officer

Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina