A specialist with experience in private and state economic development projects will join Orange County’s Economic Development team July 15.
Ellen Tai previously worked at the N.C. Department of Commerce, where she managed the N.C. Certified Sites program, among other duties. The program keeps track of vacant industrial sites around the state that are ready for business.
She has a degree in international marketing and advertising from N.C. State University and also has worked in private business development and brand management.
In Orange County, she will help retain and expand the county’s commercial base. She also will work to develop the county’s brand, maintain a listing of available commercial property, and work with the Small Business Loan Program, which helps applicants with financial information and loan applications.
“Ms. Tai brings strong contacts with the State’s industrial recruiters at the NCDOC and among the statewide economic development ally network of consultants, which will be beneficial for Orange County,” said Steve Brantley, the county’s economic development director.