Commissioner Larry B. Perkins, Founding Member and Chair, is a native of Enfield, who rose to fame in spite of his impoverished beginnings. He is the author of six books and served as the Vice President of the NJ Sports and Exposition Authority, home of the NY NFL Giants and Jets for 24 years, thereafter returning to NC to serve as VP and Assistant General Manager, PNC Arena/Carolina Hurricanes. Perkins was appointed to the NC State Emergency Response Commission in 2003, serving for 13 years.
Mr. Perkins is a 41 year public assembly industry veteran with a vast array of expertise in venue management, including his 24 year service as Vice President at the Meadowlands Sports and Exposition Authority, home to the New York Football Giants and Jets, Meadowlands Racetrack. Former home to the NJ Nets, NJ Devils, Seton Hall Basketball, NASCAR Grand Prix, MISL Cosmos Soccer and a host of world-class events.
He is a Certified Facilities Executive (CFE), a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and a Crowd Management Professional (CMP). As a Private Investigator, he held a Department of Defense Top Secret Clearance.
He is the author of “Buck Seventy-Two, A Destiny of Will”, “Crowd Safety and Survival”, “Crowd Management, In the Eye of the Storm”, and he has written numerous articles for the IAVM Facility Manager Magazine, Stadia Magazine, Teen People Magazine and others.
He is an internationally renown Crowd Management expert. More recently, Larry appeared on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” and a NBC TV Dateline segment on crowd safety and survival entitled, “Get Out Alive.”
Commissioner Whitaker Chairs the, Corporation Relations and Sponsorship committee, is a Minister at First Baptist Church of Enfield,
"THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN THE PRIZE. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY. COME UP FOR AIR IN ENFIELD. MAKE PLANS TO VISIT AND FIND YOURSELF IMMERSED IN OUR UNMISTAKABLE COUNTRY VIBE. ENFIELD IS A PLACE WHERE THERE ARE STILL OPPORTUNITIES TO CREATE YOUR OWN JOURNEY."
Business Recruitment Targets
Enfield will implement three overarching long-term strategies: 1) to stabilize and then reverse any additional population loss; 2) to implement substantial community development reform; 3) as growth does begin to occur, it should be focused in the direction of I-95 in order to support future development opportunities.
Retail Business Recruitment
Target Industrial and Retail supported by data in the Enfield Economic Development Master Plan- UNC Center for Competitive Economics.