Matherly bestowed with IEDC’s Honorary Life Membership

CEO previously served as International Economic Development Council’s Chair

RICHMOND, Va. — The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (“Partnership”), the regional economic development organization, is proud to announce that its President & CEO Barry Matherly received Honorary Life Member status from the International Economic Development Council (“IEDC”) Board of Directors. The recognition dinner recently took place at IEDC’s 2017 Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Barry Matherly, CEcD, is awarded the Honorary Life Member status by Michael Langley, FM, HLM, and 2017 Chairman, IEDC Board of Directors.

Honorary Lifetime Member status is conferred upon active or former members of IEDC who have furthered the profession of economic development and have been a teacher or inspiration on the part of the profession to others in many communities.

A Certified Economic Developer, Matherly’s service with the IEDC has spanned decades. After years of serving on the IEDC board, he was awarded Fellow Member status in 2012 and most recently served as Chair of the Board in 2016.

“Barry has a clear passion for his profession and his enthusiasm has been a motivating force for the Partnership,” said Angela Kelly-Wiecek, Chair of the Partnership’s Board of Directors. “Since joining us in 2012, Barry’s goal was to make the Partnership one of the nation’s top organizations. We appreciate his emphasis on professional development as well as efforts to secure our recent accreditation which helped make the Partnership among the top one-percent of all economic development organizations in the world.”

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

Matherly, a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, 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 Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. is the lead economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico. The Partnership impacts the Richmond Region by recruiting companies from all over the globe, which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for our local community. For more information, please visit

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions.

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