Dianne Reid is an accomplished Certified Economic Developer with over twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of public-private leadership and project management. A self-directed and highly organized manager, she is adept at building strong teams. She is a natural leader with strong commitment to building consensus and alliances across diverse constituencies.
Reid recently retired as President of the Chatham Economic Development Corporation, a post she held for almost nine years. Prior to that, she was Economic Development Director for Orange County, NC for over eight years. In both positions, she directed initiatives in marketing and business recruitment, product development, business retention, and entrepreneurship. In both counties, agriculture remains a significant economic driver.
In Chatham County, Reid worked with consultants to develop two five-year economic development strategic plans and action agendas designed to help achieve balance between residential and economic growth, increase job growth, promote collaboration between units of local government, county schools and colleges, developers and businesses and build broad-based support for economic development goals.
Similarly, she developed a comprehensive plan for economic development for Orange County that featured support for local businesses in collaboration with the County’s two Chamber of Commerce, partnerships with other County departments and municipalities to extend water and sewer to the County’s Economic Development District, and the creation of strategies to promote arts, agriculture, and tourism in addition to traditional business attraction and retention programs.
A native of Asheboro, NC, Reid holds a Master’s in Regional Planning and a BA in Sociology and Urban and Regional Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She earned the highest professional designation in her field, Certified Economic Developer, in May 2001 and has been active in various regional, state and national economic development organizations. The Triangle Business Journal honored her in 2015 as one of the top Women in Business.