014 – Economic Development Secrets – Kristin Reese, Cleveland County, NC

This month’s episode of Economic Development Secrets features Kristin Reese, Executive Director of the Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership (CCEDP). Kristin joined CCEDP in 2006. As a part of a talented and productive staff of three [plus, one awesome intern], Kristin leads the organization and Cleveland County in all aspects of economic development strategy. She and her team are focused on: business development and recruitment of new industry, land acquisition/product development, workforce development, retail development, marketing, business retention/expansion and project management from concept to completion.

Kristin was introduced to the economic development profession when an opportunity to work in the community where she was raised [Cleveland County] emerged. Seemingly knowing nothing about economic development and not heeding her parent’s advice, Kristin rebelled and took a leap into new professional territory. Much to her surprise [and her parent’s relief], her diverse educational and professional background which included political science, manufacturing, marketing, promotional advertising and finance, provided her a unique perspective in her practice. Eleven years later, Kristin is still passionately promoting the Cleveland County, NC community.