From the Chatham News + Record:

Many economic development observers say Chatham County is poised for a giant year in 2022. Chatham Park’s accelerating development, Mosaic’s growing commercial client list and two megasites primed and ready for tenants are just the start of assets that could make the new year a landmark one.

To get some additional insight, we spoke with Michael Smith, the president of the Chatham County Economic Development Corporation. The EDC, a 501(c)3 economic development nonprofit, is the lead economic development agency for the county. It provides support to businesses throughout the county and markets Chatham County as the preferred location for emerging growth companies.

Smith, who heads the EDC’s three-person team, has more than 20 years of experience serving in local organizations and with the N.C. Dept. of Commerce. Before coming to Chatham from Lee County a year ago, he had significant success in business recruitment and product development.

Smith has served as the president of the North Carolina Economic Development Association. He earned a bachelor of arts in Political Science and a master’s degree in Geography with a concentration in Urban/Regional Planning from East Carolina University.

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