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Keen chosen by Burr for fellowship

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on July 15, 2007 2:00 AM

GREENVILLE -- An East Carolina University graduate student has been selected by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr for a new six-month fellowship focused on economic development.

Adam Keen of Goldsboro will serve as a staff member to Burr in his Wilmington office. He will assist with economic development initiatives in eastern North Carolina. The fellowship will begin July and will count as credit toward Keen's master of business administration degree.

"Economic development is a key element of the university's strategic plan. This announcement reflects the commitment of both Sen. Burr and the university to improving lives throughout the state, and we are excited for Adam Keen's opportunity," ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said.

As a member of Burr's economic development team, Keen will work with local leaders to explore economic development needs and federal assistance possibilities. Keen will also analyze economic trends in eastern North Carolina and help to develop coalitions across the state.

Keen earned his bachelor of science in business administration from ECU in 2005 with a concentration in management. Before pursuing a master's degree, he worked in his family's Goldsboro-based business, Adam's Auto Wash.

Keen, 24, ultimately plans to pursue a career in economic development. He said the opportunity to work in Burr's office is an "unparalleled hands-on experience."

"Being Senator Burr's first fellow is an honor, and I look forward to serving my state," Keen said. "Eastern North Carolina is my home, and I want to see good things happen here."