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Matherly is Vice Chair of International Committee

Barry Matherly has been named the vice chair of the Planning and Business Development Committee for the International Economic Development Council (IDEC).

“I’m excited to be able to help serve my profession,” he said.

“I think one of the exciting things for me is being in a leadership position, you get to learn about what a lot of people across the country and the world are doing for development and that helps us improve our program here in Lincoln County.”

Matherly was reelected to serve on IDEC’s Board of Directors for another two-year term. He was a member of IDEC for several years before getting involved with the board. His reelection and appointment to IDEC’s committee occurred at a conference in Reno, Nev., earlier this month.

“We look forward to the leadership Mr. Matherly will provide in his new role as IDEC, the world’s leading economic development organization for professionals in the economic development arena, continues to fulfill its goal of delivering quality information, education and outstanding development opportunities to members and partners,” IDEC chair-elect William Best stated in a news release.

Matherly is the executive director of the Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA), a nonprofit organization charged with facilitating industrial, office and commercial development in Lincolnton and Lincolnton County.

Before joining LEDA, Matherly was the director of economic development for the communities of Goochland and Pulaski, Va. and a special projects manager at Virginia Tech University’s Economic Development Assistance Center.

His current and past board leadership includes the Lincolnton Rotary Club, Charlotte Regional Partnership, plus local entities of the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development Association, Industrial Managers Association and Communities in Schools.

Matherly received his bachelor’s degree in business from James Madison University and a master’s degree in planning from Virginia Tech. A graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, he is a recipient of the Robert B. Cassell Leadership Award.