The Town of Hilton Head Island has hired its first economic-development director.
Don Kirkman, of Atlantic Beach, N.C., will lead the Hilton Head Island Economic Development Corporation starting Aug. 18, town officials announced Tuesday.
He will receive a salary of $125,000, plus benefits and $600 a month for car expenses, according to town manager Steve Riley. That money will come from the corporation's $441,000 budget paid for by the town.
As director, Kirkman will work to lure companies to the area by going on scouting trips, meeting with corporate executives, and overseeing a website and marketing campaign, among other duties.
He currently runs his own economic-development consulting firm in Greensboro, N.C. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a law degree from the University of North Carolina, according to his resume.
Kirkman has worked for more than 20 years in economic-development organizations in Florida and North Carolina. Before that, he practiced law in New York City.
He was one of three finalists for the position.
More than 65 people applied, according to corporation board member Carlton Dallas.
Attempts Tuesday night to reach Kirkman were unsuccessful.
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