HANNIBAL, Mo. — After nearly four years leading the Hannibal Regional Economic Development Council (HREDC), Corey Mehaffy is taking a new job in the private sector.
The HREDC made the announcement in a press release Wednesday morning.
“Corey not only breathed life into our organization, but he built HREDC into a nationally recognized economic development organization right here in Northeast Missouri,” said Hal Benedict, chair of the HREDC Board.
“His innovative approach to regional economic development has greatly benefitted our local and regional economies. His leadership has brought Marion and Ralls counties, as well as, the cities of Hannibal and Palmyra working together to bring opportunities that we have not had before. I could list the many projects and programs that Corey has brought to the area, but what really comes to my mind when I think of Corey is his passion and the integrity that he has given to our area. I think I speak for the entire board with sincere appreciation for guiding us to where we are today. Corey will be greatly missed, and we wish him and his family the best in his new endeavors.”
“We are, of course, saddened to see Corey leave this position, but wish him well in his new career,” said Vice-Chair Wendy Harrington. “Corey came to us at a time that we needed to re-invent HREDC and create a new vision for economic development in northeast Missouri. Corey…rose to the occasion, united our region, and helped us create a national recognized program.”
Mehaffy, who has been HREDC’s executive director since January 2019, will start his new position after the first of the year. HREDC’s board has already begun a nation-wide search for his successor.
“Thank you to the Cities of Hannibal and Palmyra; Ralls and Marion Counties; the University of Missouri Extension/MO SBDC and all partners who have put faith in HREDC,” Mehaffy said. “Their trust, and the generosity of our Industrial Club members, have made our many successes possible. It is difficult to leave this organization, but I am excited for the challenges ahead…Thank you to all who have been part of the work HREDC has done.”
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