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Matherly leaving LEDA for Va. job

FRANK TAYLOR
Managing Editor

A little too much success in bringing industrial development to Lincoln County may be costing the community its top economic development official.
Barry Matherly, executive director of the Lincoln Economic Development Agency, has accepted a position as senior vice president of business development for the Greater Richmond Partnership in Virginia, a LEDA statement announced Tuesday.
Matherly, who has helped recruit new industries to Lincoln County and encouraged existing ones to further invest in facilities and jobs locally during his time with LEDA, is no stranger to Virginia. He holds degrees from both James Madison University and Virginia Tech and previously worked in economic development in the state.
With Matherly set to start his new job in Richmond on March 1, LEDA’s search for his replacement is expected to get under way soon.
Rhonda Hunter of LEDA told the Times-News on Tuesday that organization’s board of directors will decide how to proceed, possibly engaging in a national search for the right person to guide continued efforts to bolster the local economy.

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