The Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism is pleased to announce that Ken Allen has been promoted to assistant director, Business and Economic Development. His tenure with Rockingham County began in March of 2015 as existing industry manager following an extensive career in economic development throughout North Carolina.
As assistant director, Business & Economic Development, Allen is responsible for product development, recruitment, existing industry and workforce development. He assists with new economic development projects as well as overseeing retention and expansion projects. His duties also include marketing available industrial buildings and sites and promoting Rockingham County at industry trade shows and events.
“Ken has been a great champion for Rockingham County over that last two and a half years, working diligently with so many of our existing businesses and workforce partners,” said Jan Critz, director of the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism. “His success here working with a variety of industries, along with his 30-plus years of economic development experience, will be a great asset in his new role.”
“I look forward to assisting more local companies and building those relationships as well as focusing on Rockingham County’s building and site development and talent attraction,” said Allen.
Prior to working for Rockingham County, Allen was a regional manager/economic developer with the NC Department of Commerce’s Business and Industry Division. In that role he was responsible for marketing, promoting and selling the southeast region of North Carolina to businesses and industries. During his tenure, he recruited over 3,000 new jobs and more than $1.5 billion investment in southeastern NC.
His experience also includes working as an agricultural marketing specialist with the NC Department of Agriculture and business development specialist and senior sales representative for Progress Energy in Raleigh.
Allen is currently a member of the North Carolina Economic Developers Association (NCEDA), the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), and the Madison-Mayodan Rotary Club. Additionally, in 2018 he will serve as an alternate director on the Board of the SEDC.
He received his B.S. in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of South Carolina. He also earned his International Economic Development Council Certification from the University of Oklahoma and studied Urban Planning at the University of Virginia.