Business Development Committee

The Business Development Committee (BDC) serves in an advisory role to Hickory City Council. The purpose is to support economic development in the City of Hickory for increased employment by identifying and assessing ideas and applying local economic development resources to determine the level of success of the project/proposal. Projects that receive a favorable recommendation will be forwarded to Hickory City Council for consideration and action. The committee typically meets once a month on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. (See event calendar for schedule)  

The BDC works on various ways to increase economic development with vacant buildings and supporting small businesses. The group reviews Vacant Building Applications, Demolition Grant Applications and the CDBG Microenterprise Grant Applications. All applications start with the City’s Planning Department before submission to the BDC for recommendation to City Council. Additionally, the group recognizes established businesses and individuals in the community through the Business. Well Crafted. and Legacy Award programs.

CDBG Microenterprise Grant Program Information

2018 Business. Well Crafted. Award Nominee Application

Members: At-Large

Rich Brown

Dr. Dana Chambers

Michael Ellwanger

Jeff Hale

Ed Henson, Chair 2017-2018

Kirk Hobart

Lori Alala, Vice-Chair 2017-2018

Other Attendees:
CVCC Small Business Center Executive Director  Jeff Neuville
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Lindsay Keisler
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Director of the Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship
Dr. Ralph Griffith
Catawba County EDC Existing Industries Services Director Nathan Huret
City Staff  
Assistant to the City Manager 
Yaidee Fox
Business Services Manager David Leonetti
For more information about the BDC, please contact staff liaison, Dave Leonetti, at 828-323-7417 or


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