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Champaign County EDC Announces McCrory as Next Executive Director


CHAMPAIGN, IL, June 22, 2018 – The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce Carly McCrory as its new Executive Director. McCrory was chosen as the top candidate after a state-wide search, interview and evaluation process that included EDC Board members and community leaders. McCrory will officially start the position on July 1, 2018.

Carly McCrory

“In the end this was an easy choice. Carly is passionate about the work that EDC does, understands what it takes to be successful, and has an in-depth grasp of the organization. She also understands our local economy and how to market our community,” stated Bruce Knight, Planning and Development Director for the City of Champaign and outgoing EDC Board Chair. “I am very excited to see the impact of Carly’s leadership going forward.”

McCrory has been at the organization for almost six years, first serving as Communications Director, then as Assistant Director since July 2016. She previously worked for Tuscola Economic Development, Inc. as the Marketing and Communications Specialist.

“I’m excited to begin working alongside Carly in her well-deserved new role,” said Betty Brennan, Owner and President of Taylor Studios Inc. and incoming EDC Board Chair. “Her passion, expertise and leadership will continue to propel the success of the EDC. We have a lot of work to do and are looking forward to assisting the continued growth of our county and community.”

In addition to creating and implementing a new Strategic Plan and managing day-to-day operations, McCrory will lead business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts, overall marketing strategies, and oversee the Illinois Small Business Development Center.

“I’m thrilled for this opportunity and excited to lead the organization,” said McCrory. “The Champaign County economy is strong and growing. Together with the EDC Board, community leaders, elected officials, and key economic development partners, I look forward to advancing the success of our region and showcasing our county as a leader in economic development.”