Apex resident Bryan Gossage believed his years as a business owner combined with his experience as an elected official gave him a unique insight into economic development.
Fortunately for Gossage, some pretty influential people agreed.
The former Apex mayor pro tem was recently appointed as Deputy Secretary of the N.C. Department of Commerce.
With the new position, Gossage now oversees more than 150 employees in various departments and offices, including the Labor and Economic Analysis Division, the Division of Community Assistance, the Office of Science and Technology, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Marine Industrial Park Authority, the Office of Urban Development, and NC Broadband and Information Technology.
“I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity and I want to make the most of it,” said Gossage. “We need to focus on efficiency and economy in government and ensure that we have common sense policies in place. There is certainly a lot of work that needs to be done but I’m very excited.”
Gossage, who founded and managed two Apex-based media businesses, said he became interested in the position following the election of Gov. Pat McCrory.
A conversation with Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker several months ago served to reinforce his views on the state’s current economic development path.
“After speaking with Sharon Decker she felt my background and experience was a good fit,” said Gossage. “I was honored by the opportunity to work for Gov. McCrory. It is an opportunity you don’t pass up.”
Gossage said his experience of serving eight years on Apex Town Council is proving invaluable in his new job.
“Having been in the private sector for years, I understand the challenges business owners face,” said Gossage. “Having served on council, I also understand how government works and I know those challenges as well. “
Gov. McCrory and his administration are focused on improving the economic climate so businesses can grow and thrive. I’m fortunate to be a part of that effort.”
by Shawn Daley - Editor Aug 8, 2013