Kerry Taylor-Pinnix Wins Economic Development Scholarship

Kerry Taylor-Pinnix, project management specialist for the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism was awarded a scholarship for economic development professional development.  The annual Dan Stewart Scholarship was presented to Taylor-Pinnix by the North Carolina Economic Development Association (NCEDA) at its Mid-Winter Conference in March.

The scholarship provides $575 towards tuition to the one-week basic economic development course at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The annual scholarships awarded by the NCEDA honor individuals whose contributions to the profession, commitment to high professional and personal standards, and professional success earned the respect of peers and associates.

“I am deeply honored and express my sincere gratitude to the NCEDA for choosing me as the recipient of the Dan Stewart Scholarship.  I look forward to the opportunity to expand my knowledge of economic development practices by attending the Economic Development Basics program at the UNC School of Government,” said Taylor-Pinnix.

Taylor-Pinnix has been a Rockingham County employee for nearly 24 years, working in economic development her entire career.  She is a native and lifelong resident of Rockingham County, and has worked on hundreds of new business or expansion projects throughout her tenure in economic development.

“Kerry has a wealth of knowledge of the County’s economic development and tourism history and assets.  She has been exemplary in providing the County’s leadership and economic development team with essential resources in demographics, relevant research and data, maintaining and managing the county’s building and sites inventory along with representing Rockingham County with the utmost professionalism,” said Jan Critz, director of the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business and Tourism.

The NCEDA is the leading statewide association for professional economic developers and their allies in North Carolina. For more than 50 years, NCEDA and its nearly 600 members have led efforts to promote North Carolina as an ideal destination for business investment.