Iredell County Economic Development Corporation promote two employees to new positions
For Immediate Release: Iredell County-
Jessica Stewart- Vice President, Workforce & Strategic Initiatives
Iredell County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce the promotion of Jessica Stewart to the position of Vice President, Workforce & Strategic Initiatives. Mrs. Stewart has been in economic development since 2011 and has served in several roles; existing industry, marketing and communication, investor relations, workforce development, and has worked on new and existing industry expansion projects and research.
Most recently serving as the Director, Community Development. This promotion recognizes the contributions Jessica Stewart has made to Iredell EDC during her tenure with the organization. Mrs. Stewart has organized and launched several programs and initiatives with her recent role focusing on workforce and talent development such as; Career and Virtual Job Fairs, Edge Factor for Education a digital platform available in Iredell-Statesville Schools and Mooresville Graded School District that focuses on a career awareness to combat labor shortage issues, and Iredell County ACT Work Ready Community Certification, just to mention a few. In addition, Mrs. Stewart led the development and launch of Iredell EDC’s website, Iredelledc.com and social media platforms via LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram. In this new role, Jessica will help lead the strategic communications and marketing efforts to position Iredell County as a competitive location in the Charlotte Region and State of North Carolina for business retention, recruitment, workforce development and talent attraction.
“With almost a decade of professional economic development experience, Jessica has proven herself to be a leader and strategic thinker for the organization’, said Jenn Bosser, ICEDC President & CEO.
Matthew L. Pierce- Director, Business Retention & Expansion
Iredell County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce the promotion of Matthew L. Pierce to the position of Director, Business Retention & Expansion. Mr. Pierce has been with Iredell EDC since 2018 and has worked as the Existing Industry Manager.
During his tenure, he has launched a small business ombudsman program and oversees the existing industry program. Pierce has helped over 60 small business owners through the planning and permitting process and visited over 200 companies in Iredell County. Iredell EDC’s existing industry services are designed to cultivate the expansion and retention of businesses by understanding their collective needs, providing resources, and connecting them to networks. In this new role, Matthew will expand his focus with existing industry by leading strategic initiatives in partnership with our local, regional, and state partners that impact our strategies to grow local and new business development efforts. Matthew will also expand his focus to include working with local industry on project expansions and connecting businesses with local and state incentive programs.
“Matthew is hardworking and intentional. His professional experiences and educational background have proven to be an asset to the organization,” said Jenn Bosser, ICEDC President & CEO.
About Iredell EDC:
Iredell County Economic Development Corporation (Iredell EDC) was formed in 2017, as a result of our leaders and communities coming together with a vision to organize our economic development efforts under one county-wide economic development organization. Iredell County Economic Development Corporation is a 501(c)6 private-public partnership dedicated to the growth and success of Iredell County. We work with partners at the local, county, region, and state levels to address business opportunities and challenges to ensure a vibrant business community.
Established by the Iredell EDC, the ICEDC Foundation is a 501(c)3 that supports specific economic development initiatives that create jobs, investment, and resources to minimize the tax burden on the community. Our mission is to promote economic growth and stability by enhancing the quality of life in Iredell County through the cultivation of jobs and investment. We accomplish this by bringing together key leaders in business, government, education, and community organizations through a focused effort of six key pillars.
Source: Iredell Economic Development Corporation, “Iredell County Economic Development Corporation promote two employees to new positions”, 14 September, 2020.