Chung Tan leaves Fayetteville Chamber for business development position with city

Chung Tan / Courtesy photo

Chung Tan has left the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce after nearly a decade to accept a position with the city of Fayetteville.

Officials last week announced Tan as the new business development manager for the city’s Economic Vitality department. She is the first to fill the newly created position following an eight-month search, and will lead the city’s recruitment efforts for retail, restaurants, and mixed-use developments.

Tan has served as the chamber’s chief economic development officer since 2009 when the organization first announced its new economic development team. In that role, she focused on Fayetteville business recruitment as part of a contract the city held with the chamber.

Tan has more than 19 years of business development experience. She is a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council as well as an Economic Development Finance Professional, a designation from the National Development Council, and is one of the few individuals in the United States to hold both titles.

Devin Howland, the city’s director of Economic Vitality, said Tan’s direct experience working in Fayetteville recruitment has her poised for success.

“Chung has a proven track record of success on countless economic development projects,” Howland said. “We know she will provide the same expert level of customer service to any retailer or restaurant looking to open or expand in Fayetteville.”

Howland said the city receives a lot of requests from residents asking for specific types of restaurants and retailers, and the new position is dedicated to recruiting those new businesses to Fayetteville.

“With Chung working in this position, we aren’t going to hope they come,” Howland said. “She will bring them.”