NC DOT Secretary will speak at May chamber breakfast

Published 12:05 am Sunday, April 30, 2017

N.C. Transportation Secretary James Trogdon III will be the featured speaker at the May 18 Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s Power in Partnership breakfast.

The breakfast will be held at Trinity Oaks — 728 Klumac Road — and start at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast will also include a graduation ceremony for the 24th class of Leadership Rowan, a leadership and community development program. It will be the last Power in Partnership breakfast for the season.

The reservation deadline is 5 p.m. on May 16. The cost is $15 for Rowan County Chamber of Commerce members and $25 for non-members. The price includes the cost of breakfast and the program.

Trogdon became secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation in Jan. 2017 after being appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper. However, Trogdon began his DOT career in 1985 as a highway engineer. In 2000, he was named the engineer for DOT’s Division 4, which covers Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnson, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties.

Trogdon’s career also includes more than three decades of military service. In 2016, he retired from the N.C. National Guard as the deputy adjutant general.

He has a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, a master’s degree in civil engineering and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from N.C. State University.

Contact the Chamber for information on reservations or sponsorship opportunities at 704-633-4221 or