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Hurt & Proffitt Hires Sharon Carney as Economic Development Consultant/Grant Writer

Hurt & Proffitt welcomes Sharon Carney to our staff adding a new line of service as Economic Development Consultant and Grant Writer. Sharon comes to H&P with over 22 years of grant writing and administration experience.

For the last 12 years Sharon has worked for Prince Edward County, Virginia as Director of Economic Development. She has written and/or administered over $10 million in grants for the development of county infrastructure and the attraction of new businesses and industries. In addition, Sharon administered the County’s Enterprise Zone Program whereby more than 69 businesses received grant awards exceeding $4,166,704 since 2004.

Prior to coming to Hurt & Proffitt and Prince Edward County, Sharon worked for 10 years as the City of Danville Project Coordinator in the Community Development Department. In that position Sharon was the Zone Administrator for the City’s two Enterprise Zones; wrote and administered more than $15 million in grants, primarily for the revitalization of the City’s Tobacco Warehouse District; and the development of the award winning “Crossing At The Dan” Project.

Since her arrival in August, Sharon has already submitted grants for the following localities: 1. Brunswick County (3 grant applications) 2. Appomattox County (2 grant applications) 3. Old Dominion Ag Center, Chatham, VA (1 grant application and authorized to submit a second) 4. Bedford County (Assisted in preparing grant for site characterization for New London Business & Technology Park.

Sharon started her career in the world of finance for 20 years, promoted to Vice President in charge of Operations and moving on to a full service Commercial Loan Officer position with over 125 clients and attracting more than $20 million in new loans a year. Sharon was also selected as the Bank Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Officer, specializing in small business development.

Sharon recently attended the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) Conference at The Homestead and came away with new opportunities available to localities in Virginia. If you would like further information on grant opportunties, please contact Sharon Carney at or 434-847-7796.

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