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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
828.764.9372
alan@burkedevinc.com

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
828.764.9373
hope@burkedevinc.com

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
828.764.9375
peggy@burkedevinc.com

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.

Our Board

Our Board of Directors
Kenneth Geathers (Chairman) Kathy Bailey
Sherri Bradshaw (Vice Chairman) Bryan Steen
Jeff Brittain (Secretary/Treasurer) Derek Cline
Jim Toner Bryan Beam
Sally Sandy Chris Hawkins
Chip Black Terry Childers
Seth Eckard Larry Putnam

Lamar Smitherman 

Dr. Joel Welch (Ex officio member)

 

*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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