Uptown Greenville, NC



Greenville, NC (March 13, 2020) – Kelly Andrews, Assistant Director of the Pitt County Development Commission, receives Top 50 Economic Developers award for 2020.

Consultant Connect announces its 2020 list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. The economic development professionals selected for this list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant for their outstanding leadership and innovation in the profession.

Each top 50 economic developer will be featured individually from May through September through the Consultant Connect’s social media channels where the award winner will share leadership insights and wisdom for other practitioners in the profession. Consultant Connect strives to lift up this industry by recognizing remarkable economic developers for the entire economic development community to learn from. We are so honored to be able to work alongside many of these men and women who are leading the industry each and every day.


A complete list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2020 includes:

Alejandra Guzman, The New Orleans Business Alliance

Alicia Janesko Hutchings, Kansas Department of Commerce

Amanda Taylor, GREATER MSP Partnership

Ashley Varnum, Georgia Department of Economic Development

Ben France, Little Rock Regional Chamber

Bentley Story, Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Bo Gregory, Development Authority of Monroe County

Brenda Robbins, Georgia Power

Cathy Chambers, Florida Power & Light

Chassen Haynes, Tennessee Department of Economic Development

Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corporation

Chung Tan, City of Fayetteville, Arkansas

Courtney Pogue, City of Dallas Office of Economic Development

Dana Saucier, JobsOhio

Daniel Hengeveld, Toronto Global

Danielle Mousseau, Florida Power & Light

Danielle Ruiz, Duke Energy Florida

Don Pierson, Louisiana Economic Development

Doug Kehlhem, MassEcon

Doug Minkler, Greater Seattle Partners

Erin Schneider, Duke Energy Indiana

Glenda Washington, GO Topeka

Grady Fitzpatrick, Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Heidi Jameson, JAXUSA Partnership

Isaac Lee, Steuben County Economic Development Corporation

Jeff Janiszewski, Strategic Business Development, Empire State Development

Jennifer Wakefield, Greater Richmond Partnership

Jessi Pederson, City of Glendale, Arizona Economic Development

Joe Melvin, North Carolina’s Southeast

Justin Horvath, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership

Kati Hynes, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

Kelly Andrews, Pitt County Development Commission

Linda Jolly, El Dorado Inc.

Lisa Hughes, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Lori Becklenberg, AllianceSTL

Marvin J. Price, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

Matt Hall, One Southern Indiana

Melissa Glasgow, St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners

Mitch Heaton, Dayton Development Coalition

Mitchel Allen, Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Patty Huddle, One Columbus

Rachel Pierson Delamain, Baton Rouge Area Chamber

Rebecca Nolan, MetroHartford Alliance

Richard Cornelison, OG&E

Robert Trezise Jr., Lansing Economic Area Partnership

Scarlett Phaneuf, PowerSouth Energy

Stephen Thompson, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership

Steven Wright, City of Chesapeake Economic Development

Thomas Maynard, Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Tim Allen, Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce


Consultant Connect is designed to bridge the gap between leading economic developers and location consultants through exclusive networking events, educational services and leadership development. Consultant Connect not only gives economic developers an inside look into the world of site selection – it gives them the applicable information necessary to propel their careers and communities forward. For more information, please visit www.consultantconnect.org.

The Pitt County Development Commission recruits new industry and supports existing industry in Pitt County. Its mission is to promote job growth, diversify the County’s economy, and expand the local tax base. To learn more about the Pitt County Development Commission and their work to expand industry in Pitt County, visit www.LocateInCarolina.com.