February 25, 2020 – Greensboro, NC-based Jorgenson Consulting has helped to place Cecilia Harry as chief economic development officer for the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC in Colorado.
“Cecilia’s background in leading economic development programs and producing results in attracting jobs and capital investment are critical to moving Colorado Springs forward,” said Dirk Draper, president and CEO of the non-profit economic development group. “Her experience in cultivating relationships in a membership environment bodes well with our values and mission to our stakeholders. We are thrilled to have her on board.”
Ms. Harry was previously the first president and CEO of Envision Greater Fond du Lac Inc. (Wisconsin), an organization that combines the efforts of the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corp. and the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce. Her economic development experience spans the Greater Omaha, NE region, Kansas City, KS, and St. Louis. Ms. Harry earned her certified economic developer designation in 2015. She currently serves on the board of directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
With a wave of business and industry development, unique military assets, high-quality job growth and competitive affordability, Colorado Springs consistently ranks as one of the best places to live and work. The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC is the largest economic development, chamber of commerce and business advocacy organization in southern Colorado.
As chief economic development officer, Ms. Harry will lead the organization’s economic development mission to attract, expand and retain top business in Colorado Springs. She and her team will develop and implement strategies that will support local businesses to improve the local economy, recruit employers and execute workforce initiatives.
“I am very excited to join the dynamic team led by Dirk and the engaged business community,” said Ms. Harry. “The region of Colorado Springs has so much to offer existing and new businesses and current and future talent. The Chamber & EDC, in partnership with its business community, has outlined a clear directive to catalyze economic growth, and I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with stakeholders and partners to make it happen,” she said.
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Founded in 1992, Jorgenson Consulting focuses on the fields of non-profit, economic and community development. The firm, which serves state organizations as well as a multitude of organizational structures, has led searches in rural communities, mid-sized markets and metropolitan regions. In addition to North Carolina, Jorgenson Consulting has offices in Colorado, Florida, Maryland and New York.
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Todd W.S. Jorgenson, managing director and principal, specializes in executive searches for non-profit, community and economic development entities throughout the U.S. His experience includes non-profit executive searches, information technology searches, executive compensation, sales operation management, business development and sales.
He began his career recruiting software engineers from the U.S. Department of Defense and National Security agencies to work on classified government contractor projects. He also worked in the field of information technology and telecommunications infrastructure, working for successful technology-based companies like U.S. Robotics, 3Com and Universal Access. His experience ranges from business development to running the Middle East and Africa sale operations out of Paris, France.
Joan Jorgenson, managing director and principal, brings over 25 years of executive search experience within the economic development, chamber of commerce, government and private sector organizations. She has held consulting and human resource management positions at PHH Fantus, Beatrice Companies, Gould and American Hospital Supply Corp. Her areas of expertise include executive search, public and private sector organization development, compensation and policy development. She has conducted numerous executive search assignments for chamber and economic and community development executives throughout the country.
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