Jason Cannon, a Greensboro consultant, has been named Wake Forest’s first economic development director.
Cannon, 37, will will be responsible for recruiting new businesses, supporting existing businesses and expanding local employment opportunities, according to a news release from the town. He will also manage one part-time employee.
Town leaders created an economic development office after the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce passed off economic development duties to the town earlier this year.
“Development in Wake Forest is strong and the town is poised for continued growth and development in the months and years ahead,” Cannon said in the news release. “I am excited to contribute my skills and experience to support economic development projects and initiatives that will result in new jobs, capital investment, and an enhanced quality of life for Wake Forest’s citizens.”
Cannon earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and sociology from UNC-Greensboro and a master’s of public administration from N.C. State University. He currently works as a consultant for businesses, governments and nonprofit groups in the Greensboro area, according to the news release.
Cannon served as president and CEO of Downtown Greensboro, Inc. from 2013 to 2015 and as vice president of governmental affairs for the Greensboro Partnership from 2009 to 2013.
He took the Greensboro Partnership job after serving as chief of staff to state Rep. Julia Howard of Mocksville, and as staff to the state House Committee on Finance, the news release said.
“Jason is highly regarded in his past leadership roles and is well respected for his knowledge and experience in business growth and development,” said Wake Forest Town Manager Kip Padgett. “He will be a real asset to the continued growth of our community.”
Cannon is expected to begin his job April 11.
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