Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Winston-Salem, NC
Laura joined Greater Winston-Salem Inc as Senior Vice President of Economic Development in July of 2020, where she leads business recruitment, retention/expansion and entrepreneurial support efforts for Forsyth County. Prior to this role, she served as Business Recruitment Manager for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. She was responsible for attracting new business across North Carolina markets, including the Triad. As EDPNC’s only industry-specific recruiter, Laura’s projects focused on food and beverage processing and value-added agriculture, supporting the state’s top industry, agriculture. At EDPNC, Laura was successful in attracting over 2,400 jobs and $365M in capital investment.
Laura has also held economic development positions in Asheville and Savannah, GA. A native North Carolinian, Laura grew up in Wilson and attended Wake Forest University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Communications and Entrepreneurship and a Masters of Science in Management.