Citizens Economic Development

Citizens for Economic Development (CED) is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides funding for economic development projects that may be deemed beneficial to the citizens of Rockingham County. The CED exists to complement and lend support to the efforts of the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business and Tourism, Chambers of Commerce and other development groups.

The mission of the CED is to focus substantial private sector financial resources and leadership on specific economic development projects to attract, retain and expand investments in order to expand economic investments in order to bolster economic growth and job opportunities in our community.

Members & Board
Meetings of the full membership are held once a year. The Board of Directors meets four times each year.

Anyone is welcome to be a member of CED. If you are willing to make a personal or corporate contribution to the greater good of our community, we would appreciate your assistance.

CED 2018 Accomplishments

CED Board Members

Executive Board

Pleas McMichael, chairman
Business Owner

Jeff Garstka, 2nd vice chair
Reidsville Economic Development Director

Harold Vaden, secretary/treasurer

Dr. Mark Kinlaw, executive board representative
Rockingham Community College President

Leigh Cockram, executive board representative
Center for Economic Development, Small Business & Tourism Director

Board Members

Bert Bennett
Bennett Family Farm

Kevin Baughn
Madison Town Manager

Adam Carroll
Timmons Group

Pam Cundiff
Travel Consultants

Mike Dougherty
Eden Economic Development Director

Cindy Farrand
Annie Penn Hospital

John Kolessar

Bill Lester
LKC Engineering, PLLC

David Montgomery
Duke Energy

Raul Peralta
ECS Carolina, LLP

Micky Silvers

Grayson Whitt
First National Bank

Dana Weston
UNC Rockingham Health Care

Ex-Officio Non-Voting Directors

Ken Gamble
Stoneville Town Administrator

Lessa Hopper
Mayodan Town Manager

George Murphy
Wentworth Town Administrator

Bill Sinclair, past chair/executive board representative
DH Griffin Construction Co. LLC


Please contact our office for more information: 336.342.8138.