Experienced insider to lead Martin County’s business, industry recruitment
WILLIAMSTON — The Martin County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors recently announced that Jason Semple is to join the organization as its president and chief executive officer. Semple comes with a wealth of experience in the private and public sectors, with the last 10 years of his career devoted to economic development at the local, regional, and state levels. Efforts in these roles have led to the attraction and retention of more than 4,000 jobs and $300 million in tax base.
Semple joins the Economic Development Corporation to continue its efforts as the lead organization in recruiting and retaining businesses for Martin County. He will be charged with assisting board members and community leaders in implementing the recently completed strategic plan, which focuses on workforce development and growing targeted industry clusters aligned with local and regional strengths.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of Martin County,” said Semple. “I believe the county has a strong commitment to economic development, which is always a collective effort at any level. I am excited to be part of Team Martin County again.”
Semple began his economic development career in 2005, when he was hired by the Economic Development Corporation as its Director of Operations and Marketing, and also served as director of the NC Telecenter.
In 2008, he joined the North Carolina Department of Commerce Business & Industry Division as a regional economic developer focused on existing industry, working on economic development projects of diverse size and scope. Most recently, he has served as the statewide economic development analyst with the Office of Digital Infrastructure, the state’s lead organization for broadband initiatives.