Currituck County Economic Development

CCED-Tourism-Whalehead Aerial.jpgOur primary goal is to strengthen and diversify 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. 

Our primary objectives:

  • 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 County 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

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Larry Lombardi, Economic Development Director

Larry comes to Currituck County with an extensive background in economic and business development. Most recently, he held the position of Executive Director at the Edenton Chowan Partnership, Inc., a nonprofit economic development organization that serves the Town of Edenton and Chowan County. Prior to that, he spent more than seven years as the Business Development Manager for the City of Norfolk's Department of Development.

Larry also has many years of business development and sales management experience in the private sector. In addition, he is the founder of DCMSBL, LLC, which is a privately held sports management business.

Larry holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. He has been a permanent resident in the Outer Banks community of Corolla since 2005.

Contact Larry Lombardi          |          Read an interview with Larry   

 

Additional Economic Development Support

In addition to Economic Development marketing, promotion and retention activities, the department also oversees and manages Currituck County Regional Airport (KONX), a business and general aviation airport serving the greater Outer Banks and Hampton Roads markets.  

A publicly-elected, 7-member Currituck County Board of Commissioners provides the overall legislative, budgetary and policy direction leadership for all county services including Economic Development functions. Currently, the seven-member Board is as follows:

  • Chairman Bobby Hanig - District 2 Seat
  • Vice-Chairman Mike D. Hall - At Large Seat
  • Mary "Kitty" Etheridge - At Large Seat
  • Bob White - District 1 Seat
  • Marion Gilbert - District 5 Seat
  • Mike H. Payment - District 3 Seat
  • Paul M. Beaumont - 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. 

  • Mr. Sam Miller - Chairman
  • Mrs. Barbara Courtney - Vice-Chairman
  • Mr. Ray Griggs
  • Mrs. Martha Newmark-Burns
  • Mr. Ed Ish
  • Mr. Keith Hall
  • Mr. John Harris
  • Mr. Roger Lambertson
  • Mr. Gregory Laput
  • Mr. Alfred Marzetti
  • Mr. Eldon Miller III

Ex-Officio Appointments and Staff: 

  • Mr. Dan Scanlon II - County Manager, Ex-Officio
  • Mr. Josh Bass - Chamber of Commerce, Ex-Officio
  • Mr. Mike Payment - Board of Commissioners Appointment

The Economic Development Advisory Board holds its regular meeting at 5:30 PM on the third Tuesday of January, April, July and October. All meetings are held at the Historic Courthouse building, 153 Courthouse Road, Room 205, Currituck, NC 27929.

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.

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