2017 Governance Committee
Mr. F. Michael Langley, FM
400 Robert St. North, Suite 1520
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Phone: (651) 287-1364
Term Expires: December 2017
Michael Langley is the founding CEO of GREATER MSP, the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership. GREATER MSP leads global promotion, regional strategy, and project management for economic growth and job creation in the Minneapolis Saint Paul region, with 3.5 million residents and a Gross Metropolitan Product of over $230 Billion. He brings years of experience to the role as a widely recognized economic development strategist who has also led successful regional economic development organizations in Florida and Pennsylvania.
Since the formation of GREATER MSP in 2011, the Minneapolis Saint Paul region has achieved strong job growth and record low unemployment, and has been recognized widely for its diverse and resilient economy. The Atlantic recently published an article citing “The Minneapolis Miracle” and CNBC’s 2015 “Top States for Business” ranks Minnesota #1 in 2015. The Greater MSP led “Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership” was also awarded the “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership” (IMCP) designation from US Department of Commerce in July 2015.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mike also earned a MS in information systems from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He served as a Navy pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flight and crew time on surveillance and intelligence missions worldwide and as a technology analyst on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate in Humanities by American Intercontinental University for his work in community improvement.
Michael’s community service includes leadership on the Board of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Metropolitan State University Foundation Board of Trustees, the Super Bowl LII Host Committee Executive Board. Michael was named one the "Top 50 Economic Developers in North America" by Consultant Connect in 2015 and 2016, and was designated as a "Fellow Member" by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2015 for his contributions to the Economic Development profession. Michael is the current Chair of the IEDC Board of Directors.
Mr. Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM
(Immediate Past Chair)
President & CEO
Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc.
901 E. Byrd Street, Suite 801
Richmond, VA 23219-4079
Phone: (804) 343-6970
Term Expires: December 2017
Barry I. Matherly is a certified economic developer with over 23 years of leadership experience at the city, county, regional and university levels. He also interned 3 years for the United States Department of Commerce.
Currently, Barry is President and CEO at the Greater Richmond Partnership, a public/private regional organization that is the single point of contact for domestic and international businesses looking to locate or expand in the Richmond Virginia Region.
Mr. Matherly serves as the Chair of the International Economic Development Council, the largest economic development association in the world, and is on the Governance Committee. Barry also serves on the Executive Board of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and is an institute instructor.
Locally, Barry serves on the University of Richmond School of Business Executive Advisory Council, the Virginia Commonwealth University Innovation Advisory Board and the Richmond Public Schools Superintendent’s Business Advisory Council. In addition, he is a member of the Richmond Real Estate Group.
Barry has a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech University. 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.
Previously, he was the executive director of the Lincoln Economic Development Association in North Carolina, the Director of Economic Development for the communities of Goochland and Pulaski, Virginia and the Special Projects Manager at the Economic Development Assistance Center at Virginia Tech University.
Barry 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, designated as a Fellow Member by IEDC and is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
Mr. Craig J. Richard, CEcD
President & CEO
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation
101 East Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1750
Tampa, FL, 33602
Term Expires: December 2017
Craig J. Richard was selected to serve as the president and CEO of Invest Atlanta in December 2014. He is a seasoned economic development professional of nearly 20 years and is regarded as a collaborative leader with strengths in marketing, business development, entrepreneurial development, workforce development, global commerce, strategic planning and managing talented teams to achieve desired results. His economic development experiences range from neighborhood-level community development and regional chambers of commerce to state economic development.
He previously served as the president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), the regional chamber of commerce. Prior to GLI, Richard was chief economic development officer for the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP). Under his leadership, GHP was recognized as a best in class economic development group for four consecutive years by Site Selection magazine. He has also held leadership positions at Hawes Hill Calderon LLC, Arlington (Texas) Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Regional Chamber, Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the City of Richmond, Va. Prior to his economic development career, Richard enjoyed a successful career as a district executive with the Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Highlights of Richard’s career include the announcements of more than 156 projects representing over 134,000 jobs and $7.6 billion in capital investment. Some of his notable projects include Gazelle.com service center, ExxonMobil North American headquarters consolidation, Dow refinery expansion, Toshiba manufacturing plant expansion, Vestas Technology R&D Americas, AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys), Siemens Postal Dematic headquarters, General Motors plant expansion and Rooms To Go regional distribution center. Richard has led or participated in foreign trade and investment missions to China, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.
Richard earned his Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree, with a concentration in economic development, from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Houston-Downtown. He is a Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council, a graduate of the Economic Development Institute of the University of Oklahoma and has attended executive education programs at Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. He serves as an officer of the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council.
Richard is married with two children. In his spare time he enjoys golf, hunting and cycling.
Ms. Tracye McDaniel
President & CEO
Texas Economic Development Corporation
P.O. Box 684702
Austin, TX, 78768
Phone: (512) 981-6736
Term Expires: December 2017
Tracye McDaniel is the President and CEO of Texas Economic Development Corporation, Inc., an independently funded and operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is dedicated to economic development, business recruitment, and job creation in the State of Texas. Texas Economic Development Corporation operates the TexasOne™ Program which coordinates efforts with the Office of the Governor for strategic marketing and lead generation activities.
McDaniel has more than 30 years of state and regional level experience as a widely recognized strategist in all facets of economic development, including previous roles in Texas as Executive Director for the Office of the Governor Economic Development and Tourism Division (EDT) and Executive Vice President of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP). Most recently, McDaniel served as President and CEO of Choose New Jersey, Inc.
She holds leadership positions in numerous professional and industry organizations and serves on the board of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world’s top organization for economic development professionals. She was also named by NJBIZ among New Jersey’s 2014 Best 50 Women in Business, as well as the 100 Most Powerful People in New Jersey Business.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, McDaniel is also a Ford Foundation Regional Sustainable Development (RSD) Fellow, a program of American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
Mr. Kenny McDonald, CEcD
(Chair, External Member Relations)
150 S Front St / Ste 200
Columbus, OH 43215-7107
Phone: (614) 221-1321
Term Expires: December 2018
Kenny McDonald, CEcD, serves as the primary leader of all economic development and business attraction efforts for the 11-county Columbus Region in his position as chief economic officer of Columbus 2020. McDonald has an extensive background in site selection, regional economic development, community marketing, business recruitment and international business development.
He holds the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and serves as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council. In addition, McDonald serves locally on the boards of Columbus Crew, MidAmerican Global Ventures, NAIOP, SciTech and Transportation Research Center.
Previously, McDonald served as the executive vice president of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, a public-private economic development organization covering a 16-county region in North and South Carolina. McDonald's 16 years of economic development experience also include leadership positions at the Albuquerque Economic Development Corporation, Fluor Daniels Global Locations Strategies and the Savannah Economic Development Authority. McDonald received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Dickinson State University and a Master of Public Administration from Georgia Southern University.
Mr. Todd Greene, CEcD
(Chair, Performance Oversight Monitoring)
Community and Economic Development
1000 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 498-7297
Term Expires: December 2017
Todd Greene is vice president in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Greene’s responsibilities include providing leadership, strategic direction, and oversight for the community and economic development department. With research, policy, and evidence-based best practices, and a focus on human capital development, small business, housing, and community and economic development finance, the group works to promote community and economic development and sustainable growth for all sectors of the economy.
Before joining the Atlanta Fed in 2008, Greene held leadership roles in the private, government, and education sectors. Most recently, he was a member of the general faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served in various capacities, including center director, and oversaw research and programs related to applied economic development such as the Program in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and the Center for Manufacturing Information Technology.
Currently, Greene is on the board of directors of the International Economic Development Council and is a member of the Southern Economic Development Council and the Georgia Economic Developers Association, for which he previously served as chairman. Greene’s community engagement includes serving on the Board of Visitors for Georgia Regents University, the board of directors of the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) and a founding member of the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle.
Greene is a graduate of the 2011 class of Leadership Atlanta, 2009 Leadership Georgia, and 2003 Buckhead Business Association Leadership Development programs. In 2002, he obtained the Certified Economic Developer designation (CEcD). Greene earned a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University, a master of arts degree in human resources management from Washington University, and a master’s degree in public administration from Georgia State University. He has completed executive education programs at Universidad ESAN (Lima, Peru) and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Tom Kucharski, CEcD
(Chair, Planning and Business Development)
President and CEO
Invest Buffalo Niagara
665 Main St. Suite 200
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 842-1357
Term Expires: December 2018
Thomas A. Kucharski has served as President and CEO of Invest Buffalo Niagara since 2000.Under his leadership, Invest Buffalo Niagara has grown from a start-up initiative to an innovative regional economic development organization that has secured more than 400 successful project wins representing $6.2 billion in investment in the region and over 45,000 jobs created and/or retained.
From the onset, Tom helped Invest Buffalo Niagara form strong, enduring partnerships with business, development and academic leaders throughout the Buffalo Niagara region. Today more than 150 organizations work with Invest Buffalo Niagara to provide support and expertise to companies from the U.S., Canada and other parts of the world looking to set up shop in Western New York.
Within Invest Buffalo Niagara, Tom has championed initiatives such as compiling business data that is tailored to specific industry sectors within the region and building an advanced research department offering innovative, state-of-the-art data and GIS mapping capabilities through the Buffalo Niagara Commercial Listing System (CLS). The Invest Buffalo Niagara Business Development team has, under Tom's tutelage, made major strides in improving the economic service delivery system, including a one-stop, client oriented business development system and the first ever Uniform Development Incentives Policy agreed to and applied across the region.The creative Marketing Department at Invest Buffalo Niagara has been recognized nationally, regionally and state-wide for its PR, promotional, industry-based, social media, advertising and web-based marketing by winning over 175 awards including a majority at the Gold and Best of Class level. The pinnacle of these efforts came at the 20141nternational Economic Development Council's annual meeting where Invest Buffalo Niagara was recognized with the inaugural 'Best in Show" award for its Are You Right for Buffalo" video that was selected from over 600 entries world-wide.
Tom has been a Certified Economic Developer since 1992.Before joining Invest Buffalo Niagara, he headed up the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation in Eastern Pennsylvania, and prior to that served as executive director of the Horizon Council of Southwest Florida, a regional public/private partnership that included Sarasota, Ft. Myers and Naples. He is recognized nationally for his work in the economic development industry and is often quoted and referenced in national publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Newsweek, as well as numerous trade and industry publications.
Tom has participated in several significant initiatives in the states that he has worked. In Florida,has participated in Governor Chiles' fifteen-member commission that eventually privatized economic development, foreign direct investment efforts and tourism into Enterprise Florida. While representing the state on the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC),Tom was named the 1990 Florida Economic Developer of the Year. In Pennsylvania, he applied his Florida experience to assist Governor Ridge's twelve member committee that privatized these same functions into Team Pennsylvania. For those efforts he was gain honored as the 1998 Pennsylvania Economic Developer of the Year. In New York State, he has assisted Governor Cuomo's administration with the formation of the successful Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) model. He serves as an active member of the Western New York REDC where he Co-Chairs the Global New York Foreign Direct Investment initiative.
His other professional accomplishments Include serving as a Board Member and Chair of various committees of the International Economic Development Council for over ten years. He Is also an Executive Committee Member of the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) and was selected by his NYSEDC colleagues as the 2014 Economic Developer of the Year. In 2007,he received the Meritorious Service Award from the Western New York Chapter of the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors.