Benson’s loss is Garner’s gain.
Joe Stallings has joined the Town of Garner as director of economic development. He was Benson’s economic-development director and media coordinator for three and a half years.
In Benson, Stallings was responsible for all economic-development activities and media efforts. He oversaw the town’s Main Street program, grant programs and revolving loan fund.
“I am excited to have Joe join Garner’s development-services team,” said John Hodges, Garner’s assistant town manager for development services. “Joe brings a broad range of experience and an unbridled enthusiasm for economic development that will help us attract new business and investment to Garner while nurturing and growing our existing base.”
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Stallings said he welcomed the opportunity to work in Garner. “I look forward to joining the Garner team and continuing with the great work that has already been done, especially working on the Garner Technology Center site,” he said.
Stallings holds a master’s degree in public administration from Appalachian State University, where he also received his bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in town, city and county management and a minor in planning.
Stalling is also a graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government’s Municipal and County Administration Program and its “Essentials of Economic Development” course. He has served on the boards of the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce and the Johnston County Tourism Authority.
In Garner, the economic-development post became vacant last fall when Tony Beasley moved into the role of inspections director for the town. Beasley served as economic-development director for more than six years.
In addition to economic development, the town’s development-services team includes the planning, inspections and engineering departments, which work together to encourage and enable business development in Garner.