Rowan County hires first grant writer

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Rowan County has hired its first grant writer. Filling the position will be Kellie Cartwright, most recently vice president of community impact for the High Point United Way.

County Manager Aaron Church announced Cartwright’s hiring in an emailed statement on Monday. Cartwright’s job duties will include researching and writing grant proposals for Rowan County, according to Church.

Rowan County commissioners created the grant writer position in June during budget discussions.

In response to Cartwright’s hiring, County Commissioners Chairman Greg Edds said, “There’s no question that this board has taken a position of being aggressive and proactive in economic development. This is another step in the overall effort to move Rowan County into becoming a major economic player in our region.”

In his email, Church said Cartwright comes highly recommended, and included a quote from Greater High Point United Way President Bobby Smith.

“Kellie is fabulous, and we wish she was still here,” Smith said. “She is a great grant writer, and Rowan County is fortunate to have her on their team.”

Aside from writing government, foundation and corporate grants, Cartwright has taught high school and community college, according to Church’s announcement. She has also managed programs in nonprofits focusing on health care and at-risk youth.

Cartwright earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Carolina State and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

“I am so excited about this new opportunity for the county,” Cartwright said. “I am looking forward to meeting new people and learning more about how I can help.”

Cartwright’s first day will be Aug. 31. Her beginning salary will be $55,000, and she will be eligible for a 2 percent increase after six months, Church said.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.