About Currituck County Economic Development
With a primary goal of strengthening and diversifying the local economy while encouraging job growth, the Currituck County Economic Development Department deploys a multi-faceted approach to ensure success. From supporting the expansion of existing businesses to recruiting new industries, the Department's overall efforts bolster the County's business climate for all. Specifically, our primary objectives include:
- Promote the County's general economic development consistent with the philosophy of the economic growth adopted by the Board of Commissioners
- Serve as a primary source for economic and related information for businesses interested in locating in Currituck County
- Balance business retention and expansion with key industry recruitment efforts
- Support business clients to secure Count and State incentives
- Assist landowners, developers and utilities with the preparation and marketing of industrial sites, buildings and business parks
- Promote tourism-related business expansion in partnership with the County's Travel and Tourism Department
Who We Are
- Director Peter Bishop is the primary point of contact for Currituck County's Economic Development Department
- All of Currituck County is governed by a publicly-elected Board of Commissioners. Currently, the seven-member Board is as follows:
- Chairman S. Paul O'Neal - At Large Seat
- Vice-Chairman Paul R. Martin - At Large Seat
- Oswald Vance Aydlett, Jr. - District 1 Seat
- David Griggs - District 2 Seat
- Marion Gilbert - District 5 seat
- H.M. "Butch" Petrey - District 3 Seat
- Kevin McCord - District 4 Seat
Additionally, an Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) of citizens is appointed by the Board of Commissioners and works closely with the County's Economic Development Director to formulate economic development policies programs and marketing plans. The review and recommendation of incentive projects to the Board of Commissioners also falls under their purview.
In September 2013, the Currituck County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to merge the Airport Advisory Board and Economic Development Advisory Board to better align resources and marketing of the County's Airport and adjacent Maple Commerce Park.
A new citizen advisory board will be appointed in 2013-14 to continue providing advice, recommendations and direction on economic development investments for Currituck County.
The Economic Development Advisory Board will meet on a quarterly basis, with meeting dates posted at the Historic Courthouse building. All meetings are open to the public - attendance and participation is encouraged by local businesses to keep the EDAB abreast of current events and issues in the County.
Agendas and minutes are available by contacting the department directly.