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JJ Harris to Lead Clay Economic Development Effort

Clay Today - March 29, 2018 - full article here

A national talent search has ended with the Clay County Economic Development Corp. hiring a new executive director and president. The agency’s board of directors announced March 27 it has hired JJ Harris as its new president and executive director. Harris will oversee Clay County’s economic development efforts and work with local government and the business community to promote and market Clay County to companies to relocate and grow their businesses.
Harris comes to Clay County after serving two years as president and chief executive officer of the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance in Laramie, Wyoming. He also served a dual role as president and chief executive officer of the Laramie Economic Development Corp. According to a report in the publication Wyoming Business Report, Harris turned in his resignation in Wyoming during the week of March 5. 


“We are excited to welcome JJ to our economic development team. JJ brings significant transaction experience in both recruiting new businesses and working with the local development community and governments to close transactions,” said George Egan, chairman of the Clay County Economic Development Corp. “The commitment of the Board of County Commissioners and Clay EDC Board of Directors, demonstrates the importance of economic development in Clay County.” 

From 1995 to 2008, Harris was the executive director for the Bedford Urban Enterprise Association Inc. in Bedford, Indiana. From 2008 to 2016, Harris served on active duty service in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard and Reserve where he achieved the rank of major before his retirement. His years of service will be a great asset to the role with the strong regional military presence of the Jacksonville metro area, stated a press release. 

“It is an honor, and a welcomed challenge, for me to have this opportunity,” Harris said. “I look forward to serving the Clay County community.” Harris will begin his new role on April 2. While the Clay County Economic Development Corp. did not disclose Harris’ salary. The Corporation had been trying the past year to obtain more county funding to allow hiring an executive director with more experience in the economic development arena.

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