Our Vision Statement

Harnett County will be recognized for routinely winning new and expanding business and industry projects, and for ease of doing business.

Our Mission Statement

To spur new private sector investment that yields new jobs with better than average wages for Harnett County residents.

Our Core Values

Customer Service

We strive to provide excellent and prompt communication and courteous service.


We embrace collaboration to successfully accomplish work and outcomes sought.


We follow proven processes to accomplish tasks and outcomes.


We aim to avoid making rash decisions by taking time to vet ideas.

Professional Growth

We seek opportunities to learn and grow as professionals.

Stephen Barrington

Stephen Barrington



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Stephen Barrington has been a dedicated leader in economic and workforce development for over two decades. Before being named Director in September 2023, he served in the same capacity in neighboring Sampson County. Since the end of 1999, Stephen has consistently held leadership roles in these fields, demonstrating a profound commitment to fostering growth and development within his community.

Currently, Stephen is a member of the Executive Committee of the Southeastern Economic Development Commission (SEDC) in southeastern North Carolina. He also serves as an ex-officio liaison with the Mid-Carolina Workforce Development Board. His dedication to public service is further exemplified by his tenure as an elected Town Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem in the Town of Wake Forest from 2003 to 2007. His outstanding contributions to the business community were recognized early in his career when he received the prestigious 40 Under 40 designation from the Triangle Business Journal in 2001.

Stephen completed the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute in 2021, further enhancing his expertise in economic development. He also holds a Master's of Public Administration and a bachelor of science degree from Western Carolina University, as well as a bachelor of arts degree from Mars Hill College.

Stephen often remarks that he needs a hobby. In his free time, he enjoys being with his wife and children. His son, Sailor, is currently attending Wake Technical Community College and plans to transfer to North Carolina State University for his final two years. His daughter, Sadie, is a junior in high school and a passionate competitive soccer player.

Angie Stewart

Angie Stewart

Senior Economic Developer


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Angie Stewart brings over 15 years of invaluable experience and expertise to her role. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University, equipping her with a deep understanding of economic development principles and strategies.

Her multifaceted background, encompassing real estate and municipal planning, equips her with a comprehensive skill set to drive business development efforts across Harnett County. Angie's commitment to community extends beyond her professional duties; she actively serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Harnett County Business Education Partnership (HCBEP), as well as the Leadership Harnett Board of Directors.

Angie's passion for economic development stems from the dynamic nature of the field. She enjoys the opportunity to tackle diverse projects, engaging with industry partners to foster growth and innovation. In recognition of her achievements, Angie received the Triangle Business Journal’s Women in Business Award in 2024, an honor celebrating women who exemplify professional excellence, leadership, and community engagement.

Outside of work, Angie enjoys outdoor activities, particularly spending quality time with her family at the beach, honing her cornhole skills, and embracing the thrill of pickleball

Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards

Marketing Director


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Elizabeth Edwards joined the team in February 2023. In her role as Marketing Director, she leads both internal and external marketing and communications initiatives to showcase Harnett County as a prime destination for job creation, investment, and travel.

With more than 15 years of experience spanning multiple sectors, Elizabeth is accomplished in creating content for a variety of platforms, including websites, e-newsletters, social media, and print materials. Her marketing and communications background in state government, nonprofits, and higher education has strengthened her ability to effectively engage diverse audiences, including businesses and community leaders.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Elizabeth has a passion for community service. She has served in various roles within local, nonprofit organizations such as the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center Friends and the Fuquay-Varina Junior Woman’s Club, where she played a key role in increasing membership, awareness, and funding.

For Elizabeth, the essence of economic development lies in enhancing the quality of life for all within a community. She enjoys collaborating with community partners and sharing their stories to inspire others and encourage growth and opportunity.

Elizabeth holds a bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from William Peace University, formerly Peace College. Outside of work, Elizabeth values spending time with her family, including revisiting her roots in Northeastern North Carolina.

Jade Stone

Jade Stone

Office Manager


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Jade Stone has been a valuable addition to the team since April 2024. Her role encompasses a broad spectrum of responsibilities, from conducting thorough research to managing procurement activities and financial reporting.

With over two decades of experience in the real estate and legal fields, Jade brings a wealth of knowledge to her position. As a licensed Real Estate Title Insurance Underwriter and certified notary public, she has a keen understanding of the intricacies of property transactions. Additionally, Jade recently earned her certificate in Fiscal Training from the NC Department of Treasurer, further enhancing her skill set in financial management for local government.

Outside of her professional commitments, Jade is involved in her community through her role as a board member of the Harnett County Dangerous Dog Committee.

What drives Jade's passion for economic development? It's the intersection of real estate and finance, coupled with the opportunity to contribute to the growth and prosperity of her hometown. Jade's favorite aspect of her work is the satisfaction of bringing businesses and jobs to Harnett County, enriching the community she calls home.