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Posted on: August 20, 2019

Pitt County Hires Executive Director for Development Commission


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(Pitt County) — On Monday, August 19, 2019 the Pitt County Development Commission Board (PCDC) hired Scott Darnell to serve as the new Executive Director for the Development Commission. This is following the April retirement of former Executive Director Wanda Yuhas, who had been serving in that capacity for more than a decade. While an official start date has yet to be determined, Darnell has indicated he is eagerly anticipating his move to the community.  

Prior to being named Executive Director, Darnell had been serving as Executive Director for the Economic Development Reuse Organization for US Department of Energy. This position covered 5 county areas in Western Kentucky, as well as Southern Illinois. He has held multiple leadership positions including President/CEO for Paducah Economic Development, in Paducah, KY; as well as the Burke Partnership for Economic Development in Morganton, NC. In his capacity throughout these roles, Darnell worked directly and pro-actively with local governments, boards, and private sector partners to accelerate economic development opportunities. 

Scott Darnell was chosen from an applicant pool of nearly two dozen individuals. Pitt County Development Commission Chairman, Randy Walters commented on the Board’s unanimous vote to hire Darnell “For his multi-county economic development experience as well as public and private economic development experience.” Walters continued “He is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and The University of West Georgia. He has worked for several economic development groups in several southern states. His wife is an ECU graduate. They have an 11 year old daughter and they are very anxious for her to grow up in the environment of Pitt County.” 

The Pitt County Development Commission recruits new industry and supports existing industry in Pitt County. Its mission is to promote job growth, diversify the County’s economy, and expand the local tax base. To help fulfill its mission, the Commission works closely with many partners including the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, local municipalities and Chambers of Commerce, East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, and Vidant Health. To learn more about the Pitt County Development Commission and their work to expand industry in Pitt County, visit


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