Will Gaskins

Director of Economic Development

Will oversees the economic development operations of the Hillsborough St. Municipal Service District, including program areas such as: business recruitment & retention, data analysis & reporting, real estate, and transportation & urban planning.

His experience includes conducting research and publishing reports on area economic factors with examples such as: the 2016 Development Report, quarterly market reports, and the anticipated 2019 Hillsborough Street Corridor Profile. Will’s experience extends also into statistical surveying and event impact reporting with examples such as the 2018 Annual Survey or the 2017 Spring Fest Impact Report.

Will is a licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker. In his role with Hillsborough St., Will assists businesses and developers in finding property within the Hillsborough St. district to fit their needs and also in sharing market information and economic data about the corridor. Will works with active rezonings and development projects in coordination with the community and the City of Raleigh to maximize the end value for the area.

In addition to his role with Hillsborough St., Will also manages the economic development operations of the Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance. There, Will has worked with area institutions and state agencies towards the Alliance’s goal of realizing a more urban, walkable, destination in Raleigh. This has included work interfacing with state and local government to better utilize state land in corridor as well as publishing the 2018 Blue Ridge Corridor Profile.

Will is very active in the community- currently serving on boards and committees including ULI Triangle’s Communications Committee and the Raleigh Chamber’s Young Professional Network – Programs Task Force. Originally from Charlotte, Will met his wife, Jamie, in Raleigh. They live nearby in the historic Mordecai neighborhood and are active members of the local Raleigh community.

Will has been in the role of Director of Economic Development since April of 2017 and with Hillsborough Street since October of 2014.

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