The Town of Holly Springs recently named Irena Krstanovic as director of the town's Economic Development Department. The position is responsible for industrial and commercial recruitment and retention in Holly Springs.
Krstanovic began with the town’s Economic Development Department in 2000. She was promoted from Economic Development coordinator to project manager in 2013 and served as the interim director of the department for half a year following the retirement of the town's former Economic Development Director Jenny Mizelle.
"We're very excited to name Irena as our new director of Economic Development," said Charles Simmons, Holly Springs town manager. "Feedback from the existing business community has been consistently positive about Irena, both during the half year she served as interim director and before. She's been very active with a number of endeavors recently, including the Coworking Station project, the Certified Entrepreneurial Community initiative, support to existing businesses, and business recruitment prospects."
Throughout her years with the town, Krstanovic has worked with business leaders and government officials, regional and state economic development agencies, and has helped recruit major employers to Holly Springs, including the 700-employee Seqirus flu cell culture manufacturing facility (formerly Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics) and the 200-employee RoviSys automation and information technology company. She also worked to gain certified site status of more than 500 acres for light industrial zoning, which ensures prospective companies that the land is suited to their development needs. She spearheaded the effort to obtain the Holly Springs Business Park's foreign trade zone designation and strengthened town relationships with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Wake County Economic Development, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, North Carolina Biotech Center, utility providers and other organizations vital to healthy commercial growth.
"It's been rewarding to see the town's business community grow and to be a part of it," Krstanovic said. "I'm looking forward to drawing more new industries and jobs to Holly Springs while continuing to work together with existing business leaders to make sure our town continues to be one of the most attractive communities in the state."
Krstanovic moved to Holly Springs in 2000 with her husband. They have two school-age daughters and enjoy being part of the community.