New economic development director named for Craven County

NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - Timothy Downs was selected from more than 45 candidates nationwide to be the new economic development director for Craven County

Downs is a lawyer from Ohio who previously served as deputy director for the City of Dayton Economic Development Office. According to Downs, he worked there for more than four years, managing a staff of 10 employees and a $1.5 million annual operating budget. There, he oversaw a $3 million annual development fund.

Downs told NewsChannel 12 he also has experience working in a city with military presence becauseĀ  Dayton, Ohio is close to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

His responsibilities here in Craven County include implementing economic development initiatives on a county-wide basis. Downs will also be in charge of recruiting new businesses, working to expand existing businesses, and developing a strong economic development program.

Downs has a B.S. in zoology from North Carolina State University and a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is a registered patent attorney licensed to practice in the state of Ohio.

Downs is a certified development finance professional by the National Development Council and is working on a Certified Economic Developer designation from the International Economic Development Council.

His annual salary as Craven County's new director of economic development is $93,061.

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