Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. Staff
Karl T. Heck
President and CEO
Karl oversees the organization and its activities, and also focuses on administration of economic and industrial development activities throughout the City and County that retain and attract businesses, expand the local tax base and market the community to businesses and workers. He also represents Franklin Southampton regionally and beyond to foster business development and growth.
Karl received his M.S. from the University of Toronto in Urban Planning with a concentration in Community and Economic Development, and his B.A. from Le Moyne College in Economics and Political Science.
Ashley C. Covington
Marketing and Existing Business Manager
Ashley has been with the office since June of 2013 and received her B.S. from Longwood University in Business Administration.
Kimberly A. Tucker
Business Development Manager
Kim's focus is lead generation, administrative support for economic expansion, redevelopment and retention projects in Franklin Southampton. She serves as our Local Zone Administrator for the Virginia Enterprise Zone program and is also tasked as lead administrator for the Franklin Business Center entrepreneur program. Kim has a strong background in relationship management, sales, small business growth, and executive administration. She received a certification in Basic Economic Development (BEDC) at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2022, and awarded the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) Professional Scholarship Award in 2022.