Ken Atkins, who headed Wake County’s economic development efforts for more than 16 years, has joined the Raleigh office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.
Atkins is joining the law firm’s real estate team as director of economic development.
Atkins, who turns 65 in February, retired at the end of December as executive director of Wake County Economic Development, which is run by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and receives funding from both Wake County and the City of Raleigh. He also was senior vice president of economic development at the chamber.
Gary Joyner, managing partner of Kilpatrick Stockton’s Raleigh office, issued a statement saying that the two men worked closely together when Joyner served as the chamber’s chair.
“Clients will greatly benefit from his unique, high-level experience that is second to none in the economic development arena,” Joyner said.
Atkins, a native of Raleigh and a graduate of Broughton High School, has a bachelor’s degree in economics from N.C. State University. Before joining the chamber, he was president of the Catawba County Economic Development Corp. for 16 years.