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Hon. Ken Bowman

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Economic Development Director

Phone: (252) ***-****  HQ Phone
Warren County Economic Development Commission
501 US Hwy 158 Business East
Warrenton , North Carolina 27589
United States

Company Description: The EDC acts as the business recruitment agency for Warren County, North Carolina.  EDC works with existing industry and new business to locate or grow their...   more

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Kenneth Bowman
Ken Bowman is the new director of economic development for Warren County.
WARRENTON - Ken Bowman, director of economic development for Warren County, intends to be proactive in bringing new industry into the county.
By aggressively reaching out to potential clients, Bowman said he could show them the business opportunities Warren County offers.
Bowman brings a mix of experience to his position. In addition to 31 years of experience with the U.S. Army and the Virginia National Guard, he has functioned both as staff and as a board member at the county level. In both capacities, his focus was on economic development.
During his time with the military, Bowman held a variety of staff and command positions. He spent eight years on active duty, including a 12-month tour in Vietnam. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
From 2002 to 2009, he worked as a senior military analyst at Fort Monroe, Virginia. During that period, he was elected to the York County Board of Supervisors, the equivalent of North Carolina's county commissioners. Four of the five supervisors were former military people, and the fifth was the wife of one.
"We understood the decision-making process," he said. "It was great training for me."
Bowman was instrumental in establishing the first Boys and Girls Club in the county and in the development of the county sports complex.
After his move to Pittsylvania County, he was successful in attracting industry to the county's industrial parks, experience that will be useful as he considers the potential of Triangle North Warren campus.
Bowman said economic development involves a twin approach.
"We need to look inward at our assets," he said.
Bowman established the Pittsylvania County economic development office from scratch, so he said he appreciates coming to an up-and-going operation in Warren County.
In spite of his proactive approach, Bowman acknowledges that economic development is a long-term process.
"We can't do it all at once," he said.
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Ken Bowman, Treasurer Director of Economic Development
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Kenneth Bowman, The Pittsylvania County Economic Development Director
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"It's a very good venture," Ken Bowman, Pittsylvania County's director of economic development, said of the produce business.
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Bowman says he will make sure Southside is 'not forgotten'
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Ken Bowman believes he has what it takes to help state and local officials attract companies to Southside if he is elected to the General Assembly.
Bowman spent four years as the director of Pittsylvania County’s economic development office before the county’s board of supervisors closed the office in March and gave its duties to the county administrator’s office.
He said he never was told why.
Companies he recruited to the county created at least 200 to 250 new jobs, he estimated.
Bowman is one of two Republicans vying for the party’s nomination for the 16th District House of Delegates seat in Tuesday’s primary.
Bowman emphasized that as a delegate, when he would be in a position to talk with companies about coming to Southside, “I won’t steer them to one area or another,†such as Pittsylvania County and Danville or Henry County and Martinsville.
Rather, he said he would tell them about properties in the region which he knows are available and other amenities, such as potential state incentive packages, and then refer them to the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance. The alliance then could refer them to local economic development offices, Bowman said.
He favors looking at economic development from a regional perspective.
“We’ve got to get a unified message out there,†Bowman said, “and maybe knock on some doors (of companies) in other areas,†letting them know that properties are available in Southside.
After the economy improves and companies are ready to expand, they will come to Southside to look at potential sites, he predicted.
Adams does not have experience in recruiting companies, Bowman said.
Bowman said workforce training programs must be supported and by the eighth grade, students must start being shown career options and guided toward obtaining skills they will need to earn a living and raise families.
There seems to be a shortage of training opportunities in the area to help workers move toward middle management, he said.
He also expressed support for trade education programs, such as masonry and plumbing. He indicated that such skills will be needed far into the future and people with them can be compensated well.
Bowman, 62, lives in Dry Fork. A Carroll County native, he grew up in the Williamsburg area and lived in York County before moving to Pittsylvania in 2008 so he and his wife, Brenda, could be closer to her family in Danville.
He spent more than 30 years in the Army, National Guard and civil service before retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He also served four years on the York County Board of Supervisors, including stints as chairman and vice chairman.
In talking with voters, Bowman said “it’s crystal clear†that the moratorium on uranium mining statewide should not be repealed so that Virginia Uranium Inc. can establish a mining and milling operation near Chatham.
Bowman declined to say if he would have voted for Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation package had he been in the General Assembly this year. He said he had not been privy to all arguments, either positive or negative.
Highways are critical to recruiting companies since trucks that businesses use travel along them, he pointed out.
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