Due to a reporting error, this story incorrectly stated Annette Stone’s current job. She serves as New Bern city planner. This story has been changed to reflect any changes. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
Although Carrboro has a significantly smaller population than her native town, Annette Stone is looking forward to changes — and the challenges — her move to the town will present.
As Carrboro’s newly selected economic and community development director, Stone said her past professional experience in New Bern and her progressive ideas will help her succeed in Carrboro.
“New Bern is a great place,” Stone said. “But Carrboro is a lot more forward in their thinking.”
Stone was born and raised in New Bern. She later became its city planner, a position she has held for 12 years in addition to eight years of other local government experience.
Stone is replacing former Economic Development Officer James Harris, who retired Feb. 1.
Stone said her way of thinking is similar to Carrboro’s, and her previous experience won her the job.
“It’s going to be a change, but it’s something I look forward to being a part of,” she said. “I just think that my values and the town’s values lined up with what they were looking for.”
In her work in New Bern, Stone worked with the Historic Preservation Commission, downtown business associations and tourism authorities.