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Pitt County Economic Development

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Pitt County Economic Development (PCED) is the lead economic development agency in Pitt County. Through innovative programs, dedicated staff, and the support of the Pitt County Commissioners and many partners, PCED will lead and support efforts to diversify the economy, expand the local tax base, and enhance the quality of life and business climate in Pitt County.

In May of 1957, the General Assembly of North Carolina enabled the Pitt County Board of Commissioners to authorize a tax for an industrial development commission. The Pitt County Industrial Development Commission was activated in February 1959 and a board was appointed by the Pitt County Commissioners. Beginning FY 21-22, the Commission became Pitt County Economic Development, a department of Pitt County government.  The industrial development tax was absorbed into the County’s General Fund ad valorem tax rate.

Pitt County Economic Development recruits new industries and assists with existing industries’ retention and expansion efforts. PCED negotiates incentives for industrial projects that will secure new and expansion investments and the creation of new jobs above the average County wage.  Since 1987, over $10 million in economic development incentives have been awarded. Incentives include water, sewer, and gas extensions; road, rail, and site improvements; performance-based grants to companies; and supplemental workforce training. From 1987-2021, nearly 15,000 jobs and over $2.5 Billion in investments by new and expanding industries have been announced.

Pitt County Economic Development also owns approximately 140 acres of industrial property and constructs shell buildings to attract new investment.  In the past 2 years, Pitt County has invested over $7 million to provide attractive industrial properties to enhance recruitment efforts.

Additionally, Pitt County Economic Development supports local entrepreneurship opportunities and operates a business incubator/accelerator, the Technology Enterprise Center (TEC). The County purchased the former textile manufacturing facility in 1995 and has expended approximately $4 million to date to purchase and renovate the building. The TEC currently has approximately 35,000 sf of leasable space, 70% of which is occupied by 12 tenants as well as the North Carolina Pharmaceutical Services Network@PCC training facilities.

Pitt County Economic Development works to fulfill its mission through collaborations with many partners, including but not limited to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of NC, the NC Biotechnology Center, local municipalities, public-private partnerships, neighbor Counties, East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, and local utilities.


PCED Staff

Kelly Andrews, CEcD, Director 
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A member of the PCED staff since 2006, Kelly Andrews serves as Director of the Pitt County Economic Development Department.  Andrews was previously the PCED Assistant Director for Marketing and Recruitment and prior to that worked for the NC Department of Labor as an Apprenticeship and Training Consultant.  Kelly holds an MBA from East Carolina University, a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  She currently serves on the NCEDA Board of Directors, the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the ECU Engineering Advisory Board.  Andrews is also a member of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC).



<!–Chris Bulla, TMP, Marketing & Recruitment Specialist
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Chris Bulla joined PCED in 2021 as the Marketing and Recruitment Specialist.  With over 25 years of experience, Bulla comes to PCED with considerable expertise in marketing, communications, and public affairs.  Prior roles include Assistant Manager and Director of Market Development for the NC State Fair, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs for the North Carolina Zoo, and Executive Director of the Randolph County Tourism Development Authority.  Bulla was also the co-founder, equity partner and director of marketing for webslingerZ, Inc., a Chapel Hill, NC-based Internet solutions provider. She attended the University of Kentucky and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, earning a BA in Communication Studies and a minor in English.


R. Wayne Rollins, Business Retention & Expansion Specialist
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Wayne Rollins joined PCED in 2021 as the Business Retention and Expansion Specialist.  Rollins worked for over 16 years with the Mid-East Commission serving 5 Counties, including Pitt, as a Business Services Manager.  Rollins has considerable experience in workforce development, employer relations, grant-writing and project management. He also worked for over 25 years in various roles in business and industry.  Rollins is a Certified Project Manager (University of Villanova), Certified Business and Employer Services Professional, and was previously an ACT Certified WorkKeys Profiler. 


Crystal Melton, Project Manager
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A member of the PCED staff since 2015, Crystal Melton serves as the Project Manager for Pitt County Economic Development. She previously served as the Administrative Assistant.  As an administrative professional with over 25 years of experience in government, engineering, and general office positions, Melton serves as office manager as well as manager of the Technology Enterprise Center, Pitt County’s business incubator.  She also manages grants and special projects for PCED.<!–

Melton holds an AA in Computer Engineering from Lenoir Community College as well as other certifications in computer technology, office administration, and mechanical drafting and design.



Ms. LaKesha Alston-Forbes (Secretary)
District 3
Greenville, NC
Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity
East Carolina University
Term Expires:  12/31/18
Mr. Thomas Kulikowski
District 4
Greenville, NC
President and Chief Executive Officer
Penco Products, Inc.
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Mr. Thomas E. Asbell II (Treasurer)
District 2
Bethel, NC
Correctional Superintendent
NC Department of Corrections
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Mr. Ernis Lee
District 2
Greenville, NC
Director, College Outreach
Pitt Community College
Term Expires:  12/31/18
Ms. Kim A. Bell
District 6
Ayden, NC
Retired Health Educator
Term Expires:  01/09/20
Mr. Daniel Van Liere
District 6
Greenville, NC
Government Relations Officer
Vidant Medical
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Mr. Jimmy Garris (County Commissioner Rep.)
District 5
Greenville, NC
Retired Manager
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Mr. Mike McCarty (Vice Chair)
District 2
Greenville, NC
Vice President, Development and Construction
Taft Development Group
Term Expires:  12/31/18
Ms. Stacy Gaskins
District 6
Grimesland, NC
Branch Manager
Term Expires:  12/31/20
Ms. Pattie Mills
District 2
Greenville, NC
Project Manager
Nobles Land Improvement, LLC
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Dr. Thomas Gould
District 6
Winterville, NC
VP of Academic Affairs
Pitt Community College
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Mr. Randy Walters (Chair)
District 4
Farmville, NC
Farmville Furniture Company
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Dr. Michael Harris
District 6
Ayden, NC
Chair, Depart. of Management & Director
of the Small Business Institute
College of Business East Carolina University
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Dr. David M. White
District 4
Greenville, NC
Dean, College of Engineering & Technology
East Carolina University
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Mr. Merrill Jones, II
District 1
Greenville, NC
Ward and Smith P.A.
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