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Our Mission

  • Diversify the economy, create high-quality jobs, and provide a future for the families and youth of Franklin and Southampton.
  • Utilize Franklin-Southampton assets to DIVERSIFY THE ECONOMY, meeting the community’s needs to attract new businesses and expand existing ones to avoid vulnerability to economic shock.
  • Ensure local government entities create a BUSINESS-FRIENDLY CLIMATE promoting an “open arms” environment to welcome new businesses and foster business growth.
  • Promote and FOSTER LOCAL TOURISM to create a positive economic impact on Franklin-Southampton communities.
  • Foster an internal ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE approach that will serve as a foundation for the continued development of FSEDI as a high-functioning organization.

About Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc.

Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. (FSEDI) was incorporated in August 2005 as an economic development organization to serve the residents of the City of Franklin and Southampton County. After much planning and studying, the Franklin Southampton Alliance agreed a consolidated and unified effort by the city, county, and private sector was needed. Over the past ten years Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. has made great strides in putting together an effective organization addressing our core economic development mission and goals for the community. Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. focuses on four primary areas: retaining existing industry, business attraction, entrepreneurship, and tourism.

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Meghan Councill


Meghan Councill joined the Board of Directors in July of 2021 as the representative for the City of Franklin. She is a Senior Vice President for Davenport & Company LLC.

Brian Hedgepeth

Vice Chairman

Brian Hedgepeth joined the Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. Board in June of 2011 based on the recommendation of The Camp Family Foundations. Brian also currently serves as CEO of Bronco Federal Credit Union.

Marshall Rabil


Marshall Rabil represents the Franklin Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce on the Board of Directors. He was appointed in July 2022. He is a Co-Owner and the Director of Sales and Marketing for Hubbard Peanut Company.

Robert Pope


Bobby Pope was appointed to represent Southampton County’s interests on the Board of Directors in July of 2021. He is the Production Manager for Nuts for Wildlife.

Will Holt

Chamber Representative

Will Holt was appointed as the representative of Franklin Southampton Charities. Mr. Holt is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles and was appointed in July 2023.