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Matherly Awarded Fellow Status and Re-Elected to IEDC Board

November 21, 2012

Barry Matherly’s Board Membership Extended for a Two-Year Term
Awarded Special Status Exceptional Contributions through Service Related to the
Practice of Economic Development

Jay C. Moon, Barry I. Matherly, Ronnie BryantThe Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has re-elected Barry Matherly, CEcD, Senior Vice President, Business Development, for Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. in Richmond, VA, to its Board of Directors for a two-year term. Matherly was also awarded with Fellow Member status by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), for attaining unusual stature in the field of economic development and closely related disciplines. 

Appointments and awards were announced at IEDC's 2012 Annual Conference, which was held September 30 – October 3 in Houston, TX.

“The term 'unusual stature' characterizes a member's substantial contributions to the profession through service to IEDC and/or academic ventures directly related to the practice of economic development,” said Jay Moon, IEDC chair. “Mr. Matherly serves as a premier example of one who has made just such contributions and we are proud to have bestowed Fellow Member status upon him.”

“As the world's leading economic development organization for professionals in the field of economic development, IEDC’s work has become vital to reviving the current economic environment,” said Chair-elect Paul Krutko. “I look forward to continuing to work with Mr. Matherly and our other Board members as IEDC carries on with its mission of providing quality information, education, and outstanding development opportunities to our steadfast members and partners.”

Barry Matherly is the newest addition to the Greater Richmond Partnership’s staff, joining the team as the Senior Vice President of Business Development.

Barry is a certified economic developer with over 18 years of leadership experience at the city, county, non-profit and university levels.

Most recently, Barry was the executive director of the Lincoln Economic Development Association, a private, non-profit corporation charged with facilitating industrial and office development in Lincolnton and Lincoln County, NC.  Previously, he served as the Director of Economic Development for the communities of Goochland and Pulaski, Virginia and the Special Projects Manager at the Economic Development Assistance Center at Virginia Tech University.

Barry has a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech University.  He is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and a recipient of the Robert B. Cassell Leadership Award.

Barry serves on the Governance Committee of the International Economic Development Council Board and is the Chair of its Performance, Oversight & Monitoring Committee.  He is also a member of the Economic Development Research Partners group.

Barry Matherly was named one of the 40 Leaders Under 40 (2002) by the Charlotte Business Journal, recognized as a North Carolina Main Street Champion and is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council is the premier membership organization dedicated to helping economic development professionals create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions.  Serving more than 4,500 members, IEDC represents the largest network of economic development professionals in the world.  IEDC provides a diverse range of services, including conferences, certification, professional development, publications, research, advisory services and legislative tracking.  Visit

About Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc.

The Greater Richmond Partnership was launched in 1994 as a pioneering regional public-private initiative to serve as the regional economic development group for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico. The mission is to help grow the Greater Richmond economy through the attraction of high quality jobs and new capital investment, the retention of existing businesses, and the continued improvement of the region's business climate. For more information, please visit


Photo: IEDC Recognition Dinner (From left to right)

  • Jay C. Moon, CEcD FM – Chairman, IEDC and President & CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association in Jackson, MS
  • Barry I. Matherly, CEcD FM, Senior Vice President, Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc.
  • Ronnie Bryant, CEcD FM HLM – President & CEO of Charlotte Regional Partnership in Charlotte, NC