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2018 Governance Committee

Mr. Craig J. Richard, CEcD, FM

President & CEO
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation
101 East Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1750
Tampa, FL, 33602
Email: crichard@tampaedc.com
Term Expires: December 2018

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.

Mr. F. Michael Langley, FM
(Immediate Past Chair)

Greater MSP
400 Robert St. North, Suite 1600
Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 287-1361
Email: michael.langley@greatermsp.org
Term Expires: December 2018

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.

Ms. Tracye McDaniel
(Vice Chair)

Founder and CEO
McDaniel Strategy Ecosystems
Austin, TX, 78768
Phone: (512) 763-5607
Email: tracye@mcdanielse.com
Term Expires: December 2019

Tracye McDaniel – founder of McDaniel Strategy Ecosystems and a recognized trailblazer in the economic development and travel marketing industry – has been a trusted advisor to CEOs, nonprofits, public organizations and private enterprises for more than three decades. McDaniel is a widely recognized strategist with C-Suite level experience in all facets of the industry. She has earned a reputation of creating mutually beneficial strategic partnerships among leaders, public entities, nonprofits and businesses across a broad spectrum of industries.

Prior to founding McDaniel Strategy Ecosystems, McDaniel led successful public and private state and regional economic development organizations under five governors in two states: Ann Richards, George W. Bush, Rick Perry and Greg Abbott in Texas; and Chris Christie in New Jersey. She most recently served as president and CEO of Texas Economic Development Corporation, Inc. (TxEDC), an independently funded and operated 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to marketing the state globally for business attraction, retention, foreign direct investment leading to job creation and investment for the Lone Star State.

In 2010, McDaniel was tapped by then newly elected New Jersey governor Chris Christie and business leaders to serve as the founding CEO of Choose New Jersey, Inc., a global marketing and lead generation initiative to drive economic growth and job creation in the Garden State. Serving from 2006 to 2011 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Houston Partnership, Houston’s most influential business organization serving over 1200 members companies in a 11-county Houston region, McDaniel refined and implemented the organization’s 10-year strategic plan with the goal of generating $60 billion in capital investment and 600,000 net new jobs for the 11-county Houston region. McDaniel teamed with business leaders to raise more than $32 Million and to devise and execute Opportunity Houston, the organization’s successful economic development global marketing and lead generation initiative.

A committed business and community leader, McDaniel currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the International Economic Development Council, the world’s leading organization for industry professionals. She has served on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Chapter of the NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. She was also appointed by Governor Chris Christie (NJ) to the Council on Innovation and the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force. Governor Rick Perry (TX) appointed McDaniel to the Texas Southern University Board of Regents in 2009 and the TxEDC Board of Directors in 2015.

Mr. Kenny McDonald, CEcD

Columbus 2020
150 S Front St / Ste 200
Columbus, OH 43215-7107
Phone: (614) 225-6067
Email: km@columbusregion.com
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. Tom Kucharski, CEcD
(Chair, External Members Relations)

President and CEO
Invest Buffalo Niagara
257 West Genesee St, Suite 600
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 842-1330
Email: tkucharski@buffaloniagara.org
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.

Ms. Amy J. Clickner, CEcD
(Chair, Performance Oversight Monitoring)

Lake Superior Community Partnership
501 S Front St
Marquette, MI 49855-4732
Phone: (906) 226-9658
Email: aclickner@marquette.org
Term Expires: December 2018

Amy Clickner has worked for the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) since 1998, most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer. The LSCP, an AEDO, is a private-public partnership, who fills the role of the multi-county economic development organization. Clickner is a graduate of Ferris State University, Northern Michigan University and became a CEcD in 2010. She is also a Certified Fundraising Manager through the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. In 2008, she was chosen and completed a year long Ford Fellowship on Regional Sustainable Development. She writes a bi-weekly column for the local newspaper, the Mining Journal, and is the host of “UP Perspectives” on the Michigan Business Network. She is the current President of the Michigan Economic Development Association (MEDA), Past Chair of the Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP) and current Chair of IEDC’s Performance, Oversight and Monitoring Committee. Clickner has received several accolades for her efforts in economic development and within the community which included the Evergreen Award (formerly Athena), Michigan Economic Development Corporation Partner of the Year, R.A.R.E Everyday Hero and the 2014 MEDA Medalist award.

Mr. Jonas Peterson, CEcD
(Chair, Planning and Business Development)

President and CEO
Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
6720 Via Austi Pkway, Suite 330
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: (702) 791-0000
Email: jonasp@lvgea.org
Term Expires: December 2018

Jonas R. Peterson has been appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA).

Prior to joining LVGEA, Peterson served as President/CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC). During his tenure, SCVEDC quickly emerged as one of the most productive economic development organizations in California.

Peterson has conducted considerable research on comparative advantage and quantitative marketing. Previous publications include "Minding Our Own Businesses: a Practitioner's Guide to Regional Business Retention and Expansion," and "Recruiting California: Why Business in the Golden State Responds to Quantitative Marketing."

Jonas received a M.S. in Community and Economic Development from Pennsylvania State University and a M.B.A. from North Dakota State University. He is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), graduate of Oklahoma University's Economic Development Institute (OUEDI), graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program and a Certified Business Retention and Expansion Consultant.

In 2010, Jonas was recognized as Arizona’s “Economic Developer of the Year” by the Arizona Association for Economic Development and as the “New Economic Developer of the Year” by the International Economic Development Council.