Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. Staff
Amanda C. Jarratt
President & CEO
Amanda C. Jarratt took the helm as President and CEO of Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. in March of 2012. She is tasked with recruiting, establishing and retaining businesses and industry to the Franklin Southampton area.
Amanda is a graduate of The College of William & Mary where she received her B.A. in government and Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her Master of Urban and Regional Planning. She has certifications from the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Public Executive Leadership Academy along with the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center LEAD Program. In 2013 Amanda was named one of Hampton Roads' Top 40 Under 40.
Ashley J. Cotton
Marketing and Existing Business Manager
Ashley J. Cotton joined Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. in June of 2013. Currently Ashley serves as the Marketing and Existing Business Manager focusing on business expansion and retention. She is also tasked with managing the day to day operations of the Franklin Business Center.
Ashley received her B.S. from Longwood University in Business Administration. She is a member of the Downtown Franklin Association Board of Directors and she was awarded a 2015 and 2016 Virginia Economic Development Association scholarship.
Lauren V. Sloan
Business Development Manager
Lauren V. Sloan joined Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. in October of 2017. Lauren serves as the Business Development Manager for Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc., focusing on recruitment of entrepreneurs to the Franklin Business Center. Lauren also represents Franklin Southampton with regional Tourism initiatives. Lauren received her B.A. from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Communication Studies. She sits on the Membership Committee for tHRive, the Young Professionals organization of the Hampton Roads Chamber.