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Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. Staff



Ashley C. Covington

Interim President and CEO

Ashley serves as Interim President and CEO, focusing on administering economic and industrial development activities throughout the City and County in order to expand the local tax base, retain and attract business to the area and to market the communities. She also serves as the Marketing and Existing Business Manager focusing on business expansion and retention and small business development. She is also tasked with managing 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-Updated 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.





Emily Ballance Emily E. Ballance 

Administrative Assistant 

Emily E. Ballance joined Franklin Souhtampton Economic Development, Inc. in March of 2020. Emily serves as the Administrative Assistant for Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. and assists with the day to day operations of the Franklin Business Center. 

Emily graduated with her Associate's Degree from Paul D. Camp Community College focusing on General Studies.