Tonganoxie woman elected to international economic council
Cecilia Harry, economic development coordinator for Leavenworth County Development Corporation, has been elected to the International Economic Development Council for a two-year term.
The council’s nominating committee elected Harry to the post during the IEDC’s 2012 annual conference, which took place Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Houston.
“As the world’s leading economic development organization for professionals in the field of economic development, IEDC’s work has become even more vital due to the economic crisis that has permeated communities across the globe,” Chair-elect Paul Krutko said. “It is a genuine honor to serve on the Board and I look forward to working with Harry and our other board members as IEDC continues to fulfill its mission of providing quality information, education and outstanding development opportunities to our steadfast members and partners.”
Harry joined Leavenworth County Development Corporation in 2011 to lead the organization’s Business Retention and Expansion program. She increased the reach of the BRE program by 50 percent and provides technical assistance to more than 25 percent of the businesses she visits. She recently launched a new program that links employers with job seekers through social media. She is also charged with community outreach and works closely with the chambers of commerce in Leavenworth County. She participates actively in regional workforce development efforts, and she coordinates with Leavenworth County high schools to spark student interest in local in-demand professions and links them with potential employers. She serves as president of Young Professionals of Leavenworth County and is an active member of IEDC’s Membership Committee.
Cecilia has a master’s degree of social work in social and economic development from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.