As Small Business & Downtown Development Manager, Nick works with small businesses and entrepreneurs to help them grow and build successful businesses that will contribute to Harnett County’s economy and overall quality of place. Nick comes from a family of entrepreneurs and enjoys helping people create economic opportunities in their communities. He believes Harnett County has tremendous potential for entrepreneurial growth as one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina, along with students graduating from its various educational institutions and soldiers from nearby Fort Bragg coming out of the military and looking to build careers.
Nick is working to establish a business development program and network of entrepreneurs to serves as mentors, resources and support systems for others interested in starting their own businesses. He has more than eight years of economic development experience, including five years as a Downtown Development Director in western North Carolina.
As Existing Industry and Product Development Manager, Angie serves as a liaison between the county’s existing business and industry, and the resources they need to succeed, thrive and grow. Angie is a Harnett County native who understands the library of resources available to businesses. She knows companies don’t always have time to search for resources and she partners with business and industry to connect them with those programs. She believes Harnett County provides a qualified and capable workforce with training programs provided by partner organizations and educational institutions that work collaboratively to provide valuable resources to existing and new businesses and industries.
Angie has more than eight years of experience in economic development in Harnett County, most recently serving as Business Services Coordinator for Central Carolina Community College, and has built and maintained strong relationships with industries and businesses in the county.
As Marketing & Business Recruitment Manager, Debbie markets Harnett County to attract new industry. Debbie is passionate about Economic Development as a way to improve the community and the lives of its citizens by bringing in business investment and high paying jobs. She believes Harnett County offers a competitive cost of doing business with a good tax structure, along with a pleasant rural setting that is in close proximity to all the urban amenities anyone could want.
Debbie is a nationally certified economic developer with broad experience promoting economic development and recruiting industries in the North Carolina’s 13-county Research Triangle Region. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the field, most recently serving as Vice President for Business Development for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.