A Global Honor for Chairman Jane Smith

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world’s largest association of economic development professionals, is recognizing North Carolina’s Southeast Chairman Jane W. Smith with its 2007 Citizen Leader of the Year Award. The award will be presented at IEDC’s annual meeting on September 17 in Phoenix.

Ms. Smith, who has chaired the Commission since 2001, is a founding board member of the organization. Her tenure has included many hours of volunteer service to the region. As chairman, Ms. Smith oversees all strategic and operational aspects of the state-created Commission and its two private, non-profit adjunct corporations.

But the award also acknowledges Ms. Smith’s key leadership of the North Carolina Partnership for Economic Development (NCPED), whose board of directors she chaired from 2005 until July of this year. NCPED pulls together all seven of the state’s regional partnerships and commissions, serving as a venue for coordination, collaboration and sharing of best practices. “Under Jane’s dedicated leadership, NCPED has enjoyed a focus, clarity and credibility that might otherwise have been missing,” said Jim Roberson, past chairman of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, who served with Ms. Smith on the NCPED board.