Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County
Over the past 16 years Benjamin has worked to place more than 60 economic development projects and over $1.5 Billion dollars in capital investment in multiple states. Ben has led his team to become 1 of 53 Accredited Economic Development Organizations (AEDO) in the nation. In addition, he has represented economic development organizations and private sector clients on statewide, regional, and local levels.
Clients have called on Ben for governmental affairs at the Federal, State and local levels to advocate for strong public investment or ensuring the passage of project enabling legislation. He has also authored three federal studies between the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy.
Ben’s work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, Popular Mechanics, National League of Cities Case Study, Business Expansion Journal, Trade and Industry Magazine and multiple local and regional media outlets.
Ben was selected as North America’s Top 50 Best Economic Developers by Consultant Connect in 2017 and Top 40 under 40 for economic developers internationally by Development Counselors International (DCI).
He has been a featured speaker about economic development for the Smithsonian Institute, International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), National League of Cities, National Association of Industry Specific Training and numerous local and regional economic development conferences.
Ben earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi College and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi serving as a John N Palmer fellow. Subsequently Ben furthered his professional education by completing the Economic Development Institute administered by the University of Oklahoma and has earned the designation of Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council.