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
could show them the business opportunities Warren County
brings a mix of experience to his
In addition to 31 years of experience with the U.S. Army and the Virginia National Guard
has functioned both as staff and as a board member at the county level.
In both capacities, his
focus was on economic development.
time with the military, Bowman
held a variety of staff and command positions.
spent eight years on active duty, including a 12-month tour in Vietnam.
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
"It was great training for me."
was instrumental in establishing the first Boys and Girls Club
in the county and in the development of the county sports complex.
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.
said economic development involves a twin approach.
"We need to look inward at our assets," he
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