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O’Connell Underwood to work with LEDA

The Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA) has announced that Melanie O’Connell Underwood is working with their office to generate business leads with future development potential. Underwood has recently opened an economic development consulting business specializing in leads assessment, client handling, and site location assistance.

Kim Phillips, LEDA’s Business Development Manager, says, “We are delighted to have someone of Melanie’s caliber assisting us in our lead generation and have every expectation she will provide quality prospects for economic development in Lincoln County.”

Melanie O’Connell Underwood most recently served as the Executive Director for the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corporation where she was employed thirteen years. While under her leadership the Mooresville Economic Development Program

was recognized by Site Selection Magazine four times as one of their Top Ten Economic Development Groups in America. Underwood has been honored in prior years as Economic Development Practitioner of the Year by North Carolina Economic Developers Association and as Local Economic Developer of the Year by the North Carolina Technological Development Authority. She is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and a Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council.

The Lincoln Economic Development Association, a non profit organization located in Lincolnton, NC, has been proactively recruiting business to the area and has located a number of key corporations. Their mission is to foster an economic environment that promotes an increased tax base and enhances the standard of living by creating better jobs for the citizens of Lincolnton and Lincoln County. The organization’s goals include retention and expansion of existing business and industry, attracting and developing investment by new business and industry and improvement of the overall business climate within Lincolnton and Lincoln County.