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Jacksonville Economic Development President speaks on new position

JACKSONVILLE, July 31, 2014--JEDCO is proud to announce that Freddy Thomas will become the next President.

The search for a new JEDCO President began in February with the retirement of Mr. Prcin.

The JEDCO directors formed a search committee that began the process of hiring the new President.  Over several months the search committee reviewed numerous applications and resumes, conducted telephone interviews, and invited potential candidates to Jacksonville.

The final decision of the directors was that the best man to serve as President of JEDCO was already employed by the City of Jacksonville…Finance Director Freddy Thomas.

JEDCO directors, at a special meeting on Friday July 25th, were unanimous in voting for Mr. Freddy Thomas as the next President of economic development for Jacksonville.    Mr. Thomas will begin service as President of the Jacksonville Development Corporation on Monday 1 September 2014.

Mr. Thomas has volunteered as a JEDCO director for over four years.  Thomas was key in implementing standards for business incentives and in crafting and negotiating expansion of Stage Stores and others in Jacksonville.  He is a team builder and was influential in encouraging programs to reach out to companies which might consider expansion or relocation to Jacksonville.

Freddy Thomas is a Certified Public Accountant and a Accredited Business Appraiser.  As President of JEDCO he will be active in encouraging growth of local business while continuing to recruit new jobs to Jacksonville.

The JEDCO directors are united in their praise of Mr. Thomas prior contributions and are enthusiastic about future economic growth under his leadership.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Thomas about his new position, changing directions, how to boost Jacksonville’s economy, and more. Click below to hear interview.

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