MDC President David Dodson was honored in February with the annual Civic Honor Award from the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce at its 114th Annual Meeting.
Dodson was cited for his work to reform inequitable education and workforce systems across the South, and particularly in Durham, N.C., where MDC research led to creation of the Made in Durham initiative, which MDC incubated and then spun-off as an independent nonprofit organization.
Working with the chamber, Made in Durham is helping create a citywide collaboration of employers and schools to provide work-based learning for high school students that can inspire careers.
Dodson accepted the award before a packed ballroom of business leaders who also heard about the city’s booming economy, reminding them that the answer to many of the city’s challenges is building Durham’s skilled workforce rather than relying on imported talent.
The award celebrates individuals who, through dedication and personal resolve, have made significant contributions to strengthening the Durham community.