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City hires economic development specialist

Kevin Dick has been hired as the city of Charlotte’s assistant director of neighborhood and business services for economic development.

He begins May 9, overseeing the fiscal, operational, administrative, and human resources management of Charlotte’s economic development, commercial redevelopment and small business programs.

Since 2009, Dick has been both director for the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for the city of Durham and executive director of the Durham Workforce Development Board.

During Dick’s tenure, Durham’s OEWD successfully negotiated economic development grants and incentives for business development and real estate development of more than $16.4 million that have leveraged private investment of more than $332 million and created more than 1,000 jobs.

In addition, OEWD and its partner Downtown Durham Inc. leveraged local grants to create and improve 28 restaurants, 21 office spaces, 10 personal services businesses and 18 retail businesses.

“Kevin’s experience in workforce development and business recruitment provide a perfect balance for creating diverse economic opportunities within the city,” said Pat Mumford, director of Charlotte’s neighborhood and business services. “His complement of skills will be instrumental in our work to encourage entrepreneurship in our business corridors, create local jobs and attract new industries to our area.”

“I am very excited at this opportunity because Charlotte is a dynamic place,” Dick said.  “I look forward to joining NBS and contributing to the future growth of the city and its residents.”

Previously, Dick was senior partner with the K2D Group, LLC, an economic development consultant firm, a senior workforce development manager with the City of Durham and assistant to the city manager in Dania Beach, Florida.

Dick has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Florida Atlantic University.

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