Biden appoints former Greenville mayor to federal SBA position

Former Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas
Former Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas(WITN)
Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 4:24 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2021 at 10:02 PM EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WITN) - A former mayor of Greenville has been appointed by President Joe Biden to a federal Small Business Administration post.

The White House says Allen Thomas will serve as the regional administrator for Region 4 of the SBA.

Region 4 serves North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

In addition to being the former mayor, Thomas was also the director of the North Carolina Global TransPark in Kinston. He made an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2019.

Biden’s office says his regional appointees “will be critical to the president’s efforts to rebuild communities most impacted by the pandemic, the economic recovery, and climate change.”

Thomas said the things that are of utmost importance include veterans who want to launch businesses, support for female-owned businesses and serving underserved communities.

“The role of SBA traditionally has been working with financial institutions to provide funding, bridges of financing for small business and for companies below 500 employees to be able to launch opportunities for first-time business owners and business operations,” Thomas said. “The role of SBA has significantly expanded working in so many ways with companies on a much larger scale.”

Thomas said he’ll start his new position on Dec. 6.

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