Cary Initiates Structural Realignments to Achieve 2040 Vision
Cary, NC – After intensive observation, careful experimentation, and extensive learning, Town of Cary CEO Sean R. Stegall has announced moves designed to help keep the community strong and vital through 2040 as articulated in its Imagine Cary Community Plan.
“Cary is an amazing organization that has effectively involved the community in achieving remarkable things in the last 30 years. To keep Cary great, we have to reposition the organization for future success, said Town Manager Sean R. Stegall. “Fortunately, doing so comes as no surprise to the staff, Town Council, or our citizens since all worked in concert to develop our community’s 2040 plan, which was adopted in 2017 and makes it clear that Cary must evolve if it is to continue to thrive.”
Office of Economic Development
Building upon his tremendous success as the Town’s Downtown Development Manager for the last five years, Ted Boyd is now heading up Cary’s first Office of Economic Development, which will lead business location, relocation, expansion, and retention throughout Cary, including downtown. Cary’s OED is part of the Town Manager’s Office.
Boyd and his team will continue working closely with the Cary Chamber of Commerce - the Town’s official economic development partner – as well as state and county economic development councils, departments, bureaus, and associations in the Research Triangle region.
“In such a competitive marketplace, the Town of Cary’s creation of an Office of Economic Development to work in concert with Evan Stone (VP – Economic Development) at the Cary Chamber, only strengthens Cary’s overall economic development efforts,” said Skip Hill, Cary Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman. “The town-chamber partnership has always been strong, this just builds on that relationship,” said Hill.
Joining Boyd in keeping Cary’s jobs outlook bright is Small Business Liaison Kenneth Caudle, who has worked with the Town of Cary in various positions since 1987. A small business entrepreneur himself, Caudle is an expert in helping business people navigate many of the regulations they must follow to be successful in North Carolina.
“I’ve been charged by the Town Council with giving our citizens every advantage in the increasingly competitive regional, national, and global marketplaces for securing the best jobs and opportunities today and for generations to come,” said Stegall. “Our new Office of Economic Development will play a key role, along with the Cary Chamber of Commerce, in positioning Cary for continued success in the decades to come.”
Department of Planning and Development Services
To ensure that new and expanding businesses have the best chance for success, Stegall has created the new Planning and Development Services Department, which combines under one Director two former departments – Development Services and Planning – both of which were heavily involved with ensuring that the relevant local, state, and federal regulations were met. The move is designed to improve coordination and collaboration while streamlining processes and making more efficient and effective use of people and resources.
PDS is led by Scot Berry, who since joining the Town in 2000, directed both the Inspections & Permits Department and the Development Services Department as well as worked in the Finance and Public Works departments. Berry is joined in PDS by Assistant Planning Director Debra Grannan and Assistant Development Director Cassie Schumacher-Georgopoulos. A relative newcomer to Town Hall Schumacher-Georgopoulos has been with Cary for one year, while Grannan has more than 28 years working with the Town.
“Our new Planning & Development leadership team is an ideal package – invaluable experience, fresh perspectives, love for Cary, and an unshakable passion for service,” said Stegall. “Cary’s successes are not by accident; they come from clarity of vision, prioritization of resources, and a commitment for doing what’s needed. That’s exactly the approach I’m using for moving us forward.”
To learn more, visit www.townofcary.org.
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240