FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2019
Contact: Devin Howland
Department of Economic Vitality
City Welcomes Chung Tan as New Business Development Manager
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.— The City of Fayetteville is delighted to welcome Chung Tan as the new Business Development Manager for the Department of Economic Vitality. Chung will serve as the first employee to fill this new role following an eight-month search. Chung will oversee and lead the City’s proactive recruitment efforts for retail, restaurants, and mixed-use developments.
“I am very excited for Chung to join the City of Fayetteville; having her full-time focus and expertise is going to take our commercial real estate efforts to a whole new level,” said Devin Howland, Director of Economic Vitality for the City of Fayetteville. “Chung has a proven track record of success on countless economic development projects. We know she will provide the same expert level of customer service to any retailer or restaurant looking to open or expand in Fayetteville. We receive a lot of requests from residents asking for specific types of restaurants and retailers. This position is dedicated to recruiting new businesses to our City. With Chung working in this position, we aren’t going to hope they come. She will bring them.”
Chung has more than 19 years of business development experience and a decade of economic development experience serving the City of Fayetteville as the Chief Economic Development Officer for the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. She is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council as well as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), a designation from the National Development Council and is one of the few individuals in the United States to hold both titles.
“Fayetteville’s sense of place and high quality of life are just two of the many factors that make this community special. I’m looking forward to engaging with businesses that will contribute to our growing city,” said Chung. Her first day as staff was Monday, July 15.
The Department of Economic Vitality oversees the City’s economic development contract services and is focused on creating economic mobility through workforce development, employment attraction and retention, growth concept-oriented development, and commercial real estate attraction and expansion through retail, restaurants, and mixed-use developments.