Economic Development Staff

Alyssa Byrd
Economic Development Director

(o): 919.753.1031

The Town's Director of Economic Development is responsible for developing and leading activities related to economic development in Fuquay-Varina, including representing the town to new and expanding businesses and cultivating relationships between public & private members of the business community, economic development agencies, and state and regional agencies. The Economic Development Director manages the day-to-day operations of the Economic Development Department and it's Downtown Development Office.

The goal of the Town of Fuquay-Varina Economic Development Strategy 2015-2025 is to build a comprehensive plan that is adaptable to emerging trends in economic development; resilient to changes in regional economic conditions; and build a foundation to create, implement and accomplish economic development goals and objectives to ensure Fuquay-Varina’s marketplace is sustainable for long-term growth. 

Dawn Russell
Downtown Development Manager

(p): 919.753.1040

The Downtown Development Manager is responsible for working to revitalize and redevelop the downtown core of the Fuquay-Varina community. The Downtown Development Manager works to recruit new downtown businesses, support existing businesses, create mixed-use development opportunities, market & promotes downtown businesses and creates community downtown events. The Downtown Development Manager also serves as the NC Main Street Director. The Fuquay-Varina Main Street Director works to stimulate economic development within the context of historic preservation, using a comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and utilized by the National Main Street Center to create a well-balanced benefits via The Main Street Four-Point Approach: Organization, Promotion, Design & Economic Vitality