RICHMOND, Va. — The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (“Partnership”), the regional economic development organization, is proud to announce that its Vice President of Business Attraction Bethany Miller was elected to the International Economic Development Council (“IEDC”) Board of Directors. Miller will begin her two-year term Jan. 2018. The election recently took place at IEDC’s 2017 Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada.
“We are honored to nominate Bethany Miller as a new member of the IEDC Board of Directors, and look forward to her leadership and service,” said Jeffrey Finkle, CEcD, President and CEO of IEDC.
Miller will continue to serve as the Chair of the International Economic Development Council’s Membership Development Advisory Committee until the end of 2017 when her IEDC Board term begins.
“In my day job, I’m focused on economic development from an international perspective, and I’m honored to have an opportunity to contribute to an international conversation about economic development with my professional peers,” says Miller.
Since joining the Partnership, Miller’s duties have included leading annual SXSW marketing missions, identifying domestic and international attraction opportunities, and maintaining relationships with site location consultants. She previously led business retention efforts for the region under Business First Greater Richmond and helped develop the Metro Richmond Exports Initiative.
“Over the last four years, Bethany has taken the lead in many important initiatives for the Partnership. There’s no doubt that she will quickly become an asset to the international economic development community,” Barry Matherly, CEcD, and President & CEO of the Partnership and former Chair of IEDC.
Miller is a member of the Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate’s Board of Directors and serves as Secretary for the Lower Magnolia Green Community Development Authority in Chesterfield, Va.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Miller developed communities in Ohio and Virginia, and at the state level for Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University. Miller has lived in the Richmond area since 2008.
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.
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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