HCPED Announces New Personnel

March 7, 2022
The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members: Emily Martin (left) and Blake Moyer (right). 

A familiar face to economic development in North Carolina, Emily Crowley Martin, will be starting as the Director of Business Development effective April 1st. In her role, Emily will be responsible for the recruitment efforts for new corporate citizens as well industry programming to assist the existing industries in Henderson County. Emily currently serves as the Program Manager for the North Carolina Economic Development Association. A native of Upstate South Carolina, Emily came to western North Carolina for her undergraduate studies at Brevard College and never left. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brevard College and a Master in Public Administration from Clemson University. She is currently completing her coursework with East Carolina University to become a North Carolina Certified Economic Developer. Outside of work, Emily enjoys hiking, tubing the French Broad, and enjoying the outdoor culture in Western North Carolina with her husband and dog.
Emily shared: “When I found Western North Carolina, I knew that I had found somewhere exceptional, and somewhere that felt like home. That said, I am beyond excited to serve as a steward of Henderson County. We have such a special place here, with unmatched talent and rich assets, and I am ready to showcase our corner of North Carolina!” 

Another rising star in North Carolina economic development, Blake Moyer, will be joining the Partnership on April 11th as the Director of Industry Relations. Blake will be responsible for the dedicated outreach and relationships to the existing industry base.  In addition, he will be focused on product development strategies to secure and mature industrial sites and buildings for strategic growth. Blake currently serves as the Economic Development Project Manager at the City of Burlington, NC. Blake is a Pennsylvania native but grew up in Burlington, where his family still resides. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Methodist University and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is currently completing his coursework with East Carolina University to become a North Carolina Certified Economic Developer. Outside of work, Blake enjoys the great outdoors by camping, hiking, and kayaking North Carolina’s beautiful landscape. Blake also enjoys playing and watching soccer, walks with his dog Zoey, and spending time with his wife Courtney.

Blake stated: “I am ecstatic to join the Henderson County Partnership team and be a part of building on the great foundation this community has set for itself. You all have worked towards your goals tirelessly and I am ready to do my part in helping Henderson County be the best that it can be.”

“The Board and Staff of the Partnership could not be more thrilled with these two hires. Both Emily and Blake bring a wealth of knowledge to the organization and will help lead our economic development program forward as we move past the pandemic” shared Nathan Kennedy, chair of the Board.