Michael Smith, who has led the Statesville area’s efforts to recruit industry for 10 years, will leave at the end of the month to pursue other opportunities, Statesville Regional Development announced Friday.
Since Smith was named executive director in 2006, the organization has recruited new industries and assisted existing companies in creating more than 2,000 jobs and adding more than $350 million to the region’s property tax base.
“Mike has accomplished a great deal for our organization in his time with us, and we thank him for his commitment, service and leadership,” board chairman Bill Shumaker said. “While Mike will certainly be missed, the outstanding team he has assembled will continue the important work of the organization through this transitional period.
“Our project pipeline is as full of quality prospects as it has ever been, and we anticipate multiple announcements over the next 90 days and continued success throughout 2016 and the years to come,” Shumaker said.
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Effective May 1, John Marek will manage the organization on an interim basis. Marek has been the organization’s director of business retention, expansion and marketing for nine years.