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Ken Allen

Ken Allen

Director Business Engagement North Carolina Department of Commerce

Professional Bio

Ken Allen joined the NC Works Commission Staff in May 2019. He brings more than 20 years of Economic Development expertise from roles at the state and local levels. Allen previously served as Assistant Director/Economic Developer with the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business, and Tourism. He was responsible for product development, recruitment, existing industry and workforce development. He led the county-wide initiative to certify Rockingham County as an ACT Work Ready Community.

Allen also served as Regional Manager/Economic Developer for the southeast region of North Carolina with the state Department of Commerce’s Business and Industry Division. His experience also includes working for the NC Department of Agriculture and Progress Energy. Over the course of his career, Allen has recruited more than 3,300 new jobs and over $2 billion in new investment in North Carolina.

He received his B.S. in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of South Carolina and studied Urban Planning at the University of Virginia. Allen is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. His professional associations include the North Carolina Economic Developers Association (NCEDA) and the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), on which he serves as a state director on the Board of Directors

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