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Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Director of Economic Development

Professional Bio

As Director of the Johnston County Economic Development, Chris Johnson coordinates with the Department of Commerce, Site Consultants, and other public and private agencies on issues regarding to economic development, community development, growth management legislation, and regional planning. Chris service as Chair for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) EDAC group.

During his 6-year tenure, Chris has directed nearly $3.5 Billion dollars of new and expanded industry investment in Johnston County in only 5 years. Those project include: Novo Nordisk, Grifols Therapeutics, Berry Global, 3C Packaging, OPW, Dollar General, Linamar, the Eastfield Development just to name a few. Just this year, 5 projects have been announced totaling over $300 million of new investment.

From 2000 to 2013, Chris served as Executive Director of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation. While with the DSDC, Chris oversaw $20 million dollars of investment in the Downtown District from the public and private sector.
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East Carolina University 1989 BS - Industrial Technology
Volunteer Work:
Board of Directors - Neuse Charter School,
East Carolina University - Board of Visitors
Areas of Expertise
Communications/ Public Relations, Downtown Revitalization, Historic Preservation, Industrial Development, Marketing, Retention/ Expansion