Josh Kay


Josh Kay joined Applied Marketing in 2018, with over 15 years’ experience in local, regional, and statewide economic development, having served as a City Manager in communities in South Carolina and North Carolina, as Director of Economic Development for a state-owned utility company, and as the President & CEO of a regional economic development corporation.

Josh has tremendous “on-the-front-lines” experience in marketing for and management of economic development organizations.  He has been a part of the recruitment of over $1B in private capital investment and over 4,000 full time jobs, including serving on the lead negotiation team for one of the largest automotive manufacturing projects to land in South Carolina.
After serving in the US Air Force, Josh graduated from Presbyterian College with a Bachelor of Science degree as well as from the University of South Carolina with a Masters of Public Administration.  Josh is an IEDC Certified Economic Developer and serves on various economic development, utility, and education-related boards and committees at the local and state level.