Vivian Powell is a highly skilled manager with more than two decades of successful experience in economic development. Throughout her career, she has primarily focused on business development, business recruitment and expansion, site location, incentive program development, financial analysis, contract negotiations, and customer sales and service at the state level. Vivian’s strong interpersonal skills have allowed her to cultivate and maintain relationships with business and community leaders, national and international site selection consultants, and North Carolina economic development community leaders.
For the past two years, Vivian has served as the Programs Manager of RTRP, engaging national and international prospects who have expressed an interest in the Research Triangle region. She has also been instrumental in the programming and success of the annual State of the Region event held each spring.
Prior to RTRP, Vivian was the Economic Development Manager for the N.C. Department of Commerce for 20 years, where she spearheaded recruiting efforts for a number of strategically important corporate relocations and expansions, resulting in 16,000 new jobs and over $3 billion in capital investment to North Carolina. Vivian coordinated all details for each step of the relocation or expansion process, including facilitating introductions to community leaders, government officials, and state business leaders.
When Vivian isn’t forging new relationships for the Research Triangle Region, you can find her at her Happy Place at Emerald Isle.