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Whiteville native named as first city economic developer

Allen Turner, The News Reporter

Whiteville has a new city economic development planner.  

Whiteville City Manager Darren Currie announced Friday that Sean Martin will begin in the newly-created position Aug. 20.

Martin is a 2007 graduate of Whiteville High School and a 2012 graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in town, city and county management with a minor in community and regional planning. 

After graduation from ASU, he returned to Whiteville to work as a delivery technician for Liberty Medical Specialties but has since worked his way up to branch manager for the Wilmington and Supply offices. “In that position,” Currie said, “he interacted heavily with the public, which in return reignited his passion for community involvement.” 

Currie said that as the new economic development planner, Martin will be the main contact between the downtown merchants and the city. He will interact with other business and property owners to better understand the business owners’ issues and take recommendations to the city council, Currie said.  

Martin said his main reason for applying for the position was that he wants to give back and better the community in which he grew up in.  

His wife, Kazie, is a kindergarten teacher for Whiteville City Schools. Together they have enjoyed living in the Whiteville area and are excited about the potential for the city to grow for future generations, the news release said. Martin looks forward to working closely with city council and other boards, committees and departments  to revitalize and develop the City of Whiteville. 

The economic development planner’s office initially will be located at City Hall and will later move to Vineland Station. Martin can temporarily be reached at (910) 640-1380.  

Stuart Rogers