Spotlight around the Triad - growth outside the center cities

    October 21, 2020
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    Our region is well-connected with a robust infrastructure, site selection opportunities and a talented workforce.  This makes our market attractive not only in the urban core but in the counties surrounding our center cities.  We will hear from experienced and successful economic developers about recent projects and what plans they have for the future.  Please join us on October 21st @ 12 noon.

    Featured speakers:

    Leigh Cockram
    Director of Economic Development & Tourism, Rockingham County Center for Development, Small Business & Tourism

    Leigh joined the Rockingham County team in February 2019.  She brings extensive experience in economic development from the State of Virginia in addition to entrepreneurial success.  She is the founder and chief executive officer of RaesWear, LLC, where she invented and patented the 360 degree waistband pocket for leggings and other athleisure wear clothing.  Since the company’s founding in 2013, Leigh increased sales by 178 percent through the development and implementation of an independent workforce of women across the United States.  She led the business to win the Under Armour Future Show Innovation Challenge in 2015, with mentions in Good Housekeeping, Women’s Running, WWD, Women’s World, Runner’s World, NBC News, and others.

    Kevin Franklin
    President, Randolph County Economic Development Corporation

    Kevin Franklin became engaged in community and economic development while employed as the Ramseur town administrator from 2006-2012. In 2013, he entered the economic development profession fulltime when he joined the Randolph County EDC as Existing Business & Industry Coordinator. He was promoted to Vice President in June of 2017 and to President in June of 2019. In addition to managing the day-to-day responsibilities of the organization, he remains focused on supporting the needs of Randolph County’s established industry base.

    Mac Williams
    President, Alamance County Chamber of Commerce

    Mac has been serving as President of the Alamance Chamber for 15 years. In this capacity, he also serves as the County’s Economic Developer. Prior to coming to Alamance County, he served as the Economic Development Director for the City of Asheville and before that as the VP of Economic Development for the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. In total, Mac has over 40 years of experience in Chamber and Economic Development management in North Carolina. Mac says that in his role, no two days are the same, and that is what he loves most about this work.



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