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2016 Alternate Directors

Matt Arnold
Alabama
Alternate Director

 

President/CEO
Marshall County Economic Development Council
2208 Ringold Street, Suite 1-A
Guntersville, AL 35976
Bus: (256) 582-5100
mattarnold@marshallteam.org

Matt Arnold is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He began his career in economic development in 1995 and began working at MCEDC in 2000. He was promoted to President/CEO in August 2001. He is a graduate of the University of Montevallo and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

He is a member of the board of directors of the Economic Development Association of Alabama and is a past board member of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. His community involvement includes past-president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Guntersville Rotary Club, United Way, the Boy Scouts of America and the First United Methodist Church of Guntersville. He is a 2002 graduate of the Marshall County Leadership Challenge and a member of Leadership Alabama (Class XVII). He currently serves as Vice-President of the University of Montevallo National Alumni Association board of directors.   He is the 2013 Recipeint of the President's Award from the North Alabama Industrial Development Association.

Matt resides in Guntersville with his wife Anjanette, two daughters, Madeline and Chloe and a son, Miller. 


 



Chris Clifton
Arkansas Alternate Director


Executive Director
Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority
7020 Taylor Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72916
Bus: (479) 452-4554
iowen@chaffeecrossing.com

   



Shannon Olgetree
Florida Alternate Director

Director
Santa Rosa EDO
6491 Caroline Street - Suite 4
Milton, FL 32570
Bus: (850) 981-2070
shannon@santarosa.fl.gov



Scott Poag          
Georgia Alternate Director


Project Manager

Augusta Economic Development Authority

1450 Greene Street

Suite 560

Augusta, GA 30901

(706) 821-1321

spoag@AugustaEDA.org

 

Scott has worked in the economic development field since 2010 in both North Carolina and Georgia.  He currently serves as the Project Manager with the Augusta Economic Development Authority in Augusta, Georgia.  During his career, Scott has led efforts in the location and expansion of companies such as ASMO North America, Unisys, General Dynamics IT, Eco Energy, and DSM.  His leadership has also successfully supported various workforce development, entrepreneurial, and legislative initiatives.

In addition to the Southern Economic Development Council, Scott serves on a variety of boards including the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association, the Technology Association of Georgia, and the National Defense Industrial Association.  Recently, Scott was named to Augusta’s “Top 10 Young Professionals to Watch” list and is a member of the 2016 “Leadership Augusta” class.  He also holds a BA degree in Hospitality Management, a BSBA in Finance, and a Master in Business Administration from East Carolina University.  

 

 




Lona Duvall        
Kansas Alternate Director


Finney County Economic Development Corporation
1509 Fulton Terrace
Garden City, KS 67846
Bus: 620 271-0388
Lona@ficoedc.com

 

 

 



Bob Helton          
Kentucky Alternate Director


Economic Development Manager
RJ Corman Railroad Group
P.O. Box 788, 101 R. J. Corman Drive
Nicholasville, KY 40340
Bus: 859 881-2462
bob.helton@rjcorman.com

Bob is a graduated from Morehead State University, 1975. He resides in Georgetown, Ky and has been in the Lexington, Ky area for the past 30 years other than a couple of years in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bob has been involved with marketing, sales, and public relations within the construction industry for 30 plus years. A good deal of Bob’s time has also been with the mining industry, both aggregates and coal operations in Kentucky and North Carolina. He has been with R J Corman Railroad Group for the past seven (7) years, five years as their Construction Company’s Business Manager and this past 2 years as Economic Development Manager working within the Public Relations Department. Bob’s efforts include both rail industry development and governmental relations in this position.

Bob is involved with several industry associations and business groups including, Kentuckians for Better Transportation – Rail Committee Chair, American Railroad Maintenance Engineers – Past Ballast Subcommittee Chair, State Economic Associations in the states of Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi; as well as a long standing member of the Southern Economic Development Council. He is also active with American Short Line Railroad Association – Public Policy committee, along with state level rail associations in the states of Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi with a focus on rail related industry development and public policy.

 


George Swift
Louisiana Alternate Director

President/CEO
Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
P.O. Box 3110
Lake Charles, LA 70602
337 433-3632
gswift@allianceswla.org


George Swift is the founding President and CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, based in Lake Charles, LA. Formed in 2006, this organization combines the five-star accredited Chamber Southwest, The Alliance Economic Development Foundation and the Southwest Louisiana Partnership (regional elected officials). The Alliance serves five parishes (counties) and has been named in the top ten of economic development organizations nationally three of the last four years by Site Selection Magazine.

George has over thirty years experience in sales, marketing, and management in the radio broadcasting business and is involved in many community organizations.

Under Swift’s direction, in 2013 The Alliance moved into The Southwest Louisiana SEED Center on the campus of McNeese State University which houses economic development organizations including a business incubator.

 

 



Shawn Hershberger           
Maryland Alternate Director


Economic Development Coordinator
City of Cumberland
57 N Liberty St.
Cumberland, MD, 21502
Bus: (615) 627-8990,
shawn.hershberger@cumberlandmd.gov




Blake Wallace
Mississippi Alternate Director


Executive Director
Grenada County Economic Development
2000 Gateway St. Suite A
Grenada, MS 38901
Bus: 662 229-9502
pablo@grenadameansbusiness.com

Blake has served as Executive Director of the Hinds County Economic Development Authority since 2006; Blake is a hands-on leader with over 30 years of experience in business attraction, business retention and expansion, workforce development and retail development. He also leverages his skills in marketing, strategic planning, project management and technology utilization to foster new economic opportunities for Hinds County. His professional certifications include Certified Economic and Community Developer (CEcD) and Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). Blake is the past-chair of the Membership Development Advisory Committee for the International Economic Development Council and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Economic Development Council and the Mississippi District Export Council; he is a Governing Board member of Alignment Jackson, a member of the Jackson State University College of Business Dean’s Community Ambassadors and Advisory Board, an advisory board member of Downtown Jackson Partners and a member of the economic development advisory group of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. His educational credentials include a Bachelor of Science degree in American Studies and a Master of Science degree in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration degree from Belhaven University where he serves as an adjunct instructor.




Kevin Welch            
Missouri Alternate Director


Director of Regional Marketing
The Joplin Regional Partnership
320 E. 4th St.
Joplin, MO 64801
Bus: (417)-624-4150 
kevin@joplincc.com

Kevin is the Director of Regional Marketing for the Joplin Regional Partnership, which is a regional economic development organization that covers seven counties in three states. The Joplin Region encompasses 3 counties in Southwest Missouri, 3 counties in Southeast Kansas, and 1 county in Northeast Oklahoma. Kevin markets the Joplin, MO Region to companies and site selectors evaluating locations for relocation or expansion. Kevin has been working in the economic development field for the last 15 years.

The Joplin Regional Partnership provides relocation or expansion assistance for a host of industries including Renewable Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Food Processing, Warehousing/Distribution, Logistics, Transportation, Call Centers, Retail, & Medical.

Kevin attended the University of Missouri & Western Illinois University but is an avid Arkansas Razorback fan. He has also been the play-by-play voice for Joplin High School Athletics for the past 24 years.

Kevin lives in Joplin, MO with his wife Tracey. He has 2 daughters Carly and Bailey.


Loren Hill         
North Carolina Alternate Director


President
High Point Economic Development Corporation
211 S. Hamilton St., Suite 200
High Point, NC 27260
336.883.3116
loren.hill@highpointnc.gov


Loren has been president of the High Point EDC for 15 years. His previous work included vice president of public policy and communications for the Greensboro (NC) Chamber of Commerce; Marriott general manager at hotels in Greensboro, NC; Charlottesville, VA; Phoenix, AZ; and Poughkeepsie, NY and government affairs consultant for real estate industry trade associations in High Point/Greensboro. Loren served two terms as a Jamestown (NC) town councilman.

 

 

 


Andy McMillan           
Oklahoma Alternate Director 

  

Cherokee Nation Businesses
777 West Cherokee Street
Castoosa, OK 29501
Bus: (918)-384-7774
andy.mcmillan@cn-bus.com

 



Stuart Ames
South Carolina Alternate Director


Manager-Economic Development-SC
Duke Energy
1755 Mechanicsville Rd.
Florence, SC 29501
Bus: (843) 661-4195
stuart.ames@pgnmail.com



Kathy Knight Price
Tennessee Alternate Director 


Executive Director
McMinn County Economic Development Authority
5 S Hill Street, Suite C
Athens, TN 37303
423-745-1506
Kathy@MakeItInMcMinn.org


As the Executive Director for the McMinn County Economic Development Authority, Kathy is responsible for new business recruitment and existing business retention and expansion programs. Kathy has over 25 years administrative experience with over 15 years of experience in economic and community development focused on new business development in the commercial and manufacturing industries, existing business retention and expansion, and downtown redevelopment. She holds a national certification in economic development through the International Economic Development Council. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Tennessee Wesleyan College. She is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.



James O'Donley, HLM     
Texas Alternate Director


Regional Manager Economic Development
BNSF Railway Company
P. O. Box 961051
Fort Worth, TX 76161
Bus: (817) 867-6137
james.odonley@bnsf.com




Chris Gullickson     
Virginia Alternate Director


Economic Development Manager
The Port of Virginia
600 World Trade Center
Norfolk, VA 23510, USA
Phone: +1.757.683.2123
Mobile: +1.757.646.1862
cgullickson@portofvirginia.com

Chris Gullickson joined the Port of Virginia in August 2013. He holds the position of Economic Development Manager with a primary focus in building cargo volume at The Port of Virginia by working closely with economic development representatives in an effort to locate distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, and maritime-related offices.
Prior to joining the Port, Chris spent seven years at the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance. He held the position of Vice President and was responsible for attracting expanding and relocating businesses to Hampton Roads, VA. During Chris’s time at HREDA he successfully assisted numerous companies that located in Hampton Roads.
Chris is a graduate of Old Dominion University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a concentration in Finance. Chris is member of the Southern Economic Development Council, Virginia Economic Developers Association and is an active member of the Norfolk, VA chapter of The International Propeller Club.



Robbie Morris            
West Virginia Alternate Director


Executive Director
Randolph County Development Authority
10 Eleventh Street
Elkins, West Virginia 26241
Phone: (304) 637-0803
director@jcda.org

Robbie Morris is the Executive Director of the Randolph County Development Authority and West Virginia Wood Technology Center. Mr. Morris is charged with business recruitment and retention, as well as workforce development efforts in Randolph County, West Virginia. Mr. Morris was the Executive Director of the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce for two years prior to joining the RCDA in 2011. He is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he obtained undergraduate degrees in political science and history, and a master’s degree in business administration. In addition to the RCDA, Mr. Morris is an adjunct professor of business for Pierpont Community & Technical College. Mr. Morris serves on the boards of many financial and economic development organizations including Citizens Bank of West Virginia, Woodland’s Community Lenders, Central Appalachian Development Organization, West Virginia Economic Development Council, West Virginia Hardwood Alliance Zone, and the Corridor H Authority. Mr. Morris is a 2009 graduate of the distinguished “Leadership West Virginia” program.