U.S. House, North Carolina 03
Allen Thomas has a long history of service in eastern North Carolina including extensive experience in both the public and the private sector. Allen Thomas is a native of Craven County, where his family has lived and farmed for generations. Allen received his undergraduate degree in Business Management at East Carolina University, where he also served as student body president. Upon completion of his studies, he was hired to recruit business and industry for the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Allen went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While mayor of Greenville, Allen launched Greenville’s first office of economic development cohesive business strategy, which resulted in more than $850 million in new development, jobs and public-private partnerships in a 36-month period and completely transformed commercial corridors and revitalized the city’s center and riverfront. Taking a regional approach, Allen helped lead in the creation of Quad East, an alliance of Eastern North Carolina cities and counties working together to leverage financial, corporate and transportation assets to form an economic cluster for future development. In 2017 Allen became the executive director of the North Carolina Global TransPark. In less than two years Allen has led the growth of the TransPark to 1,515 employees from 21 counties and $72M in new resources. Allen’s proudest accomplishments and his most important roles, however, are as a thankful husband to his wife Janet, and proud father to his children.
Allen is running for Eastern North Carolina and the 3rd Congressional District because he knows the tremendous potential the region has. He was born and raised here and has seen first-hand how the region can thrive when it has the right kind of leadership fighting for the residents’ interest. As a three- term Mayor of Greenville and former executive director of the Global TransPark, he has a proven track record of economic and infrastructure development in the region. His experiences in driving regional economic development and hurricane recovery efforts, actively working with those at the federal and state levels, has prepared him for Congress. Now, he wants to take his skills to DC so the residents of NC-03 can have a voice and a fighter for the region who will deliver the resources needed and deserved to reach full potential. It is long overdue.
Allen has a long-standing commitment to fighting for working families, and bringing jobs and economic opportunity to historically marginalized communities. As a three-term Mayor of Greenville, Allen launched an initiative that resulted in more than $850 million in new economic development. As the Executive Director of the Global TransPark, Allen led that agency to grow to over 1,500 employees in 21 counties. In criminal justice reform, as mayor Allen worked to have ongoing dialogue between the community and law enforcement. Under his leadership, Greenville passed “Ban the Box,” and was also one of the first communities to put cameras on every law enforcement officer and was recognized by the White House for innovation in community policing.