Tuesday, April 23, 2024

State incentives’ expert moves to Nexsen Pruet

David Spratley, who has been a key designer of North Carolina’s economic development incentives programs, left his state job to join the Nexsen Pruet law firm in Raleigh as director of economic development.

The Columbus, Ohio native has served as the senior assistant secretary of finance at the N.C. Commerce Department for the last three years, which saw the state attract promises of major investment and significant jobs from major employers including Toyota Motor and Apple. North Carolina has boosted its commitment to corporate incentives in recent years to become more competitive on big projects with other states.

“After 25 years in economic development, I can drive through any community in the state and see a project that I have been a part of,” Spratley said in a release. “I’m looking forward to carrying on that work with our clients at Nexsen Pruet as we continue to build North Carolina.”

Spratley “brings a wealth of experience and a vast network of strong connections to this role,” said Tushar Chikhliker, head of Nexsen Pruet’s Economic Development Group. “David will be a tremendous asset in helping the firm leverage and grow opportunities to promote economic development throughout the Carolinas.”

Spratley is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He joined the N.C. Commerce Department in 1996. He had a stint earlier in his career in the site selection practice at the KPMG accounting firm in Charlotte. Before rejoining N.C. Commerce in 2019, he was vice president of business recruitment at the public-private Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

Columbia, S.C.-based Nexen Pruet has more than 200 lawyers and professionals in nine Southeast offices. Its Raleigh office has several veterans of state-affiliated agencies,  including former Commerce Secretary John Skvarla, former N.C. Railroad President Scott Saylor and Ernie Pearson, a former top executive in the Commerce Department.

David Mildenberg
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