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Burke County, North Carolina offers so many advantages to companies, and Burke Development, Inc. is your connection to everything you want to know or do here. Whether you need help in finding the right location, the right talent, or the right mix of incentives, our staff has the knowledge and experience to connect you with the resources you need, delivered with the friendly, welcoming attitude you’ll discover is a way of life here. Contact us today to put our team to work for you.


Alan Wood – President/CEO

Alan joined BDI in March 2015 and brings more than a decade of economic development experience to the organization. He has a reputation for developing creative strategies for promoting local communities. Alan previously led Stokes County Economic Development and served as Senior Development Director in Caldwell County. He has worked on projects of all sizes, including the recruitment of the Google Data Center now located in Caldwell County.

Hope Hopkins – Director, Business Retention & Expansion

Hope is a Burke County native with more than 25 years of experience working in economic development. She was part of the team that brought Seiren North America, Geiger International, and J.E. Ekornes to Burke County and uses her skills and experience in our efforts to recruit large manufacturers.

Peggy Byrd – Office Manager

Peggy brings years of experience in various roles related to economic development. She has served as a Business Services Liaison for the Western Piedmont Council of Governments and previously worked with us as the Project Manager for RENEW, a workforce re-education program. In March of 2018, Peggy returned to once again help the organization support Burke County’s business community.

Caleb Gardner – Marketing/Staff Support

Caleb has recently joined BDI after graduating from Appalachian State University, where he studied Marketing. As a native of Burke County and alumnus of Freedom High School, he is eager to use his degree to give back to the community that helped shape him.



Our Board

Our Board of Directors
Jeff Brittain (Chairman)
Dr. Joel Welch (Vice Chairman)
Logan Shook (Secretary/Treasurer)
Jim Toner
Sally Sandy
Brian Epley
Bryan Steen
Bryan Beam
Mayor Charles Watts
Lamar Smitherman
Chris Hawkins  
Terry Childers  
Kathy Bailey  
Dr. Mike Swan  
Jessica Bargsley (Interim)  
Bill Carroll  
*Bylaws available upon request    

Partners and Private Partners

Partner Organizations
Western Piedmont Community College Burke County Chamber of Commerce Burke County Public Schools
North Carolina Department of Commerce North Carolina Rural Center Burke County Tourism Development Authority
NC Works - Burke Career Center Western Piedmont Council of Governments Valdese Economic Development Investment
Vocational Rehabilitation Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
Public Partners
Burke County City of Morganton Town of Valdese
Town of Hildebran Town of Drexel Town of Rutherford College
  Town of Connelly Springs  
Private Partners
Thrive 22    

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