11-23-2022 – County brings EDC operations in-house

Posted on: November 23rd, 2022 by admin No Comments


November 23 2022



  • Nov 22, 2022

LENOIR — A restructuring has led to the Economic Development Commission to become a function under Caldwell County’s government, instead of a contracted service.


“The board has a vision to continue advancing economic development efforts and the most efficient and effective way to do that is to build a new county department focused on workforce development,” County Manager Donald Duncan said.


Part of the reorganization includes new leadership with Ashley Bolick named as the director of the EDC.


“We are pleased to have Ashley join our team as we bring the EDC back in house,” Duncan said. “She is a natural leader who will work diligently to recruit new industries and bring more jobs to our area.”


In her new role, Bolick will help the EDC transition from a contracted service to a county-operated department.


“I am excited to bring my passion for service and to continue to build upon the successes of the Commissioners, EDC Board, and staff,” Bolick said. “Together we can generate advanced economic growth and development in our great county.”


Bolick replaces Deborah Murray, who has been executive director of the EDC. Murray will continue to serve until Dec. 31.


A lifelong resident and strong advocate for Caldwell County, Bolick brings nearly 20 years of Human Resources and Management experience to her new role. For the last 7½ years, she has served the Western Piedmont Council on Governments as director of Administration and Human Resources. In this role, Bolick’s duties have included managing a $2.8 million annual budget, pay plan studies, and executive searches for local governments.


“During my time at the WPCOG, I have learned so much through my interactions with the region’s public officials and public policy influencers, and I plan to use those experiences to build cooperation to help Caldwell County thrive,” Bolick said.


Bolick will take her oath of office on Monday, Dec. 5, at 5:45 p.m. in the City/County Chambers. A reception welcoming Bolick will begin at 5:15 p.m.

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