Scotland County Hands Icard the Economic Development Reigns
As a constituent liaison for Congressman Robin Hayes for three years, Greg Icard helped connect Scotland County residents to the answers they needed from the federal government. Now, as Scotland County’s economic development director, Mr. Icard will take the lead in linking the county itself to its economic future.
“Many of those I’m dealing with are people I already know,” says Mr. Icard, who assumed his new duties on November 10, 2008. “That’s really helpful.” As a Congressional field staffer, Mr. Icard worked with community leaders in Scotland and surrounding counties on a wide range of issues. “I was frequently involved in economic development, but certainly not to the extent I am now,” he says. In recent weeks, Mr. Icard has become knowledgeable with the county’s economic landscape and gotten to know his partners and allies at the local, state and regional levels. He’s also completed the week-long Economic Development Basic Course offered via the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
After spending much of his childhood in central Florida, Mr. Icard moved with his parents and siblings to Laurinburg 15 years ago. As an undergraduate at UNC-Pembroke, he majored in political science with a concentration on public administration. He will soon complete graduate level coursework required for the Masters of Public Administration degree at UNCP. Mr. Icard’s wife, Ginny, is a geometry teacher at Scotland High School. The couple has three children, ages 2 to 12, and is active in ChildCare Directions, an organization helping daycare centers achieve accreditation. “We have a vested interest in the success of this community,” Mr. Icard says.