Wake economic developer to retire

Posted October 1, 2013

— Ken Atkins, who has been executive director of Wake County Economic Development for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce for 16 years, plans to retire at the end of the year.

“Since 1997, I have been fortunate to play a part in the amazing growth of Raleigh, Wake County and the Research Triangle region,” Atkins said in a statement Tuesday.

“While I am not ready to fully retire, I am looking forward to a more relaxed and less regimented lifestyle,” he said. 

Atkins is a Raleigh native and is a past president of the North Carolina Economic Developers Association.

Harvey Schmitt, president and chief executive of the Greater Raleigh Chamber, praised Atkins, saying, "He has built an exceptional job creation network and helped drive our nationally ranked growth and economic success. His leadership will be missed.”

The chamber will begin a search for a new economic development director immediately.


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  • fbell Oct 1, 2013

    It will be difficult. to replace Ken.

  • lucky2bme Oct 1, 2013

    There's a big difference between resign and retire. Headline says resign but in the body of this article, he is retiring.