By the Chatham News + Record:

Michael Smith is an experienced economic development professional with more than 20 years serving in local organizations and with the N.C. Dept. of Commerce.

At his most recent position in Lee County, he had significant success in business recruitment and product development. Smith has served as the President of the North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA). 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. We spoke with Smith to get an update on development in Chatham County.

Michael, you’ve just passed your six-month mark as the new EDC director. If you could give an “elevator” speech now to your “first day” Michael Smith, what would you say?

“Welcome to beautiful Chatham County, the third-fastest growing county in the ninth-largest state. Things will be busy, and lots will require your attention. There are many people to meet, all with important perspectives and helpful advice. This is the only county in N.C. with two megasites of over 1,500 acres and are full of potential, waiting for you to harness it. Combined with the amazing live/work/play community of Chatham Park that is now vertical — six months will be gone before you know it. Let’s get started.”


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