Matherly elected new Vice Chair of International Economic Development Council

FORT WORTH, TEXAS — The Nominating Committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has elected Barry I. Matherly, CEcD, a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. The election took place during IEDC's 2014 Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Matherly will serve a one-year term in his new role beginning in January 2015.

“I sincerely value being a member of IEDC, the world’s premiere membership organization of economic development professionals, and I am pleased to have been elected Vice Chair,” said Matherly, the senior vice president for the Greater Richmond Partnership. “I am eager to work with Board leadership as IEDC continues to fulfill its mission of providing cutting-edge information, first-rate education, and exceptional development opportunities to members and partners.”

Matherly is a certified economic developer with over 20 years of leadership experience at the city, county, regional, and university levels. He has served the last three years as Senior Vice President at the Partnership, the Richmond Region’s economic development organization representing the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico.

“Barry’s a valuable source of leadership and information, as he’s dedicated his career to economic development and has a pulse on our industry,” said Greg Wingfield, President and CEO of the Partnership. “We’re proud to have Barry on our team and to lead our marketing efforts globally.”

Matherly has a bachelor's degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech. 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. He was recently designated as a Fellow Member by IEDC and is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,400 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. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Visit www.iedconline.org.

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. 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 regional 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. Please visit www.grpva.com.

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