Carteret County Economic Development Department

The Carteret County Economic Development Department is here to assist you. Whether you are an individual moving to Carteret County or a new or existing business, we can help connect you to many state and local resources that are available  at no cost.

The Carteret County Economic Development Department is part of Carteret County government. The department has a two-person staff: Director and department head Don Kirkman and Administrative Officer Michele Querry. The department head reports to Carteret County Manager Tommy Burns.

In addition, the staff administers the Carteret County Economic Development Foundation, which is a private, nonprofit organization formed to support economic development and community development in Carteret County.

Meet The Staff

Don Kirkman has nearly 30 years of experience managing county, municipal, and regional economic development organizations. His experience includes: Director, Carteret County Economic Development; Director, Hilton Head Island Economic Development Corporation; President, Florida’s Great Northwest; President and CEO, Piedmont Triad Partnership; and Executive Director, Carteret County Economic Development Council. Kirkman is a Certified Economic Developer and a former President of the North Carolina Economic Development Association. Kirkman practiced law in New York and North Carolina for 10 years prior to becoming an economic development professional. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michele Querry is a seasoned executive and development professional with over 15 years experience negotiating strategic partnerships and raising revenue in the nonprofit, higher education, government/politics and business sectors.  She has a diverse background in marketing, community engagement, business and workforce development.  Querry is a graduate of Texas A&M University and obtained her Master of Arts in Public Administration from Webster University.

Carteret County Economic Development Department
3615 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 222-6121

Carteret County Economic Development Foundation

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