A Note from President Ray Towry: New GCEDC Executive Director

Posted on Mar 17, 2016

Hello Fellow Members and Investors of the Grant County Economic Development Council,

Linda K. MartinI am very pleased to announce that Linda K. Martin has accepted our offer to fulfill the leadership role as the new Grant County Economic Development Council Executive Director. Linda will be joining the GCEDC on April 11th. She comes to us from Idaho Falls as past Chief Executive Officer of Grow Idaho Falls, Inc. Linda says, “I am very excited about this opportunity and looking forward to working with all of you.”

Linda is an International Economic Development Council Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).  She has provided management services for site location, business attraction, retention/expansion, community development and redevelopment activities, and business advocacy. Over the past 6 years Linda’s efforts have resulted in over $600 million in capital investments and/or payroll, and more than 4,500 jobs created, retained, or anticipated. 

Prior to moving to Idaho, Linda was with the Quad City Development Group where she led 29 projects resulting in approximately $157 million in capital investment and over 2000 jobs.  Additionally, she worked with Oglethorpe Power/Georgia EMCs, specializing in domestic and international clients, which resulted in 57 companies choosing to select plant locations, with over 4800 jobs.  She was also Director of Marketing for a construction materials testing and environmental company in Atlanta. Linda was in the Industrial Division of Grubb & Ellis, and a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors. Linda is a graduate of the University of Louisiana-Monroe, with a B.A. in Government/Psychology-minor.

I am certain Linda will prove to be a great find for the Grant County EDC.

I can not give enough thanks to Juanita Richards, Emily Braunwart and Allan Peterson throughout this process. Juanita has given hundreds of hours of her time to the EDC over the past five months. Her leadership and dedication to our organization has been second to none. If the EDC were to start a “Hall of Fame," she would need to be one of the first names, if not the first, to be enshrined. Likewise, Emily Has been nothing short of amazing acting as the interim director while continuing to fill her role as the Business Recruitment Manager. Her dedication to the EDC is something to be very proud of. Allan has also been extremely instrumental helping to fill the gaps so nothing slipped through the cracks. The EDC’s survival over the past five months is a testament of their dedication to our region.

The Executive Committee diligently followed the EDC Bylaws throughout this process, utilized an award winning search firm that considered over 400 candidates from across the nation and also included members who stepped forward to help with the search. Special thanks to those who reached out and volunteered their time, Dale Pomeroy and Joe Akers. 

In closing, I am excited and thankful all at the same time as we move forward, continue to fulfill our strategic plan and as a result grow the economy in Grant County.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Ray Towry
GCEDC 2016 President