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Posted on: March 16, 2020

PCDC's Kelley Andrews Receives Top 50 Economic Developers Award


Consultant Connect announces its 2020 list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. The economic development professionals selected for this list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant for their outstanding leadership and innovation in the profession.

Each top 50 economic developer will be featured individually from May through September through the Consultant Connect’s social media channels where the award winner will share leadership insights and wisdom for other practitioners in the profession. Consultant Connect strives to lift up this industry by recognizing remarkable economic developers for the entire economic development community to learn from. We are so honored to be able to work alongside many of these men and women who are leading the industry each and every day.

A complete list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2020 includes:

  • Alejandra Guzman, The New Orleans Business Alliance
  • Alicia Janesko Hutchings, Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Amanda Taylor, GREATER MSP Partnership
  • Ashley Varnum, Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • Ben France, Little Rock Regional Chamber
  • Bentley Story, Arkansas Economic Development Commission
  • Bo Gregory, Development Authority of Monroe County
  • Brenda Robbins, Georgia Power
  • Cathy Chambers, Florida Power & Light
  • Chassen Haynes, Tennessee Department of Economic Development
  • Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corporation
  • Chung Tan, City of Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Courtney Pogue, City of Dallas Office of Economic Development
  • Dana Saucier, JobsOhio
  • Daniel Hengeveld, Toronto Global
  • Danielle Mousseau, Florida Power & Light
  • Danielle Ruiz, Duke Energy Florida
  • Don Pierson, Louisiana Economic Development
  • Doug Kehlhem, MassEcon
  • Doug Minkler, Greater Seattle Partners
  • Erin Schneider, Duke Energy Indiana
  • Glenda Washington, GO Topeka
  • Grady Fitzpatrick, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
  • Heidi Jameson, JAXUSA Partnership
  • Isaac Lee, Steuben County Economic Development Corporation
  • Jeff Janiszewski, Strategic Business Development, Empire State Development
  • Jennifer Wakefield, Greater Richmond Partnership
  • Jessi Pederson, City of Glendale, Arizona Economic Development
  • Joe Melvin, North Carolina’s Southeast
  • Justin Horvath, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
  • Kati Hynes, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
  • Kelly Andrews, Pitt County Development Commission
  • Linda Jolly, El Dorado Inc.
  • Lisa Hughes, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Lori Becklenberg, AllianceSTL
  • Marvin J. Price, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
  • Matt Hall, One Southern Indiana
  • Melissa Glasgow, St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners
  • Mitch Heaton, Dayton Development Coalition
  • Mitchel Allen, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
  • Patty Huddle, One Columbus
  • Rachel Pierson Delamain, Baton Rouge Area Chamber
  • Rebecca Nolan, MetroHartford Alliance
  • Richard Cornelison, OG&E
  • Robert Trezise Jr., Lansing Economic Area Partnership
  • Scarlett Phaneuf, PowerSouth Energy
  • Stephen Thompson, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
  • Steven Wright, City of Chesapeake Economic Development
  • Thomas Maynard, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
  • Tim Allen, Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce

Consultant Connect is designed to bridge the gap between leading economic developers and location consultants through exclusive networking events, educational services and leadership development. Consultant Connect not only gives economic developers an inside look into the world of site selection – it gives them the applicable information necessary to propel their careers and communities forward. For more information, please visit

The Pitt County Development Commission recruits new industry and supports existing industry in Pitt County. Its mission is to promote job growth, diversify the County’s economy, and expand the local tax base. To learn more about the Pitt County Development Commission and their work to expand industry in Pitt County, visit

Kelly Andrews

PICTURED: Kelly Andrews, Assistant Director of the Pitt County Development Commission

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