October 13, 2009

International Economic Development Council re-elects Board Members
Fred Morley's Board Membership Extended for a Two-Year Term

The Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has re-elected Fred Morley, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist with the Greater Halifax Partnership in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to its Board of Directors for a two-year term. Appointments were announced at IEDC's 2009 Annual Conference, which was held in Reno, Nevada, October 4-7.

"As the world's leading economic development organization for professionals in the field of economic development, IEDC's work has become even more vital due to the economic crisis that has permeated communities across the globe," said Chair-elect William E. Best. "During these challenging times, I look forward to continuing to work with Mr. Morley and our other Board members as IEDC carries on with its mission of providing quality information, education, and outstanding development opportunities to our steadfast members and partners."

Mr. Morley has held his current positions at the Greater Halifax Partnership in Canada since May 2002. He leads the team that developed Halifax's award winning approach to business retention and expansion, managed and wrote Halifax's first economic strategy, and initiated the community's first immigration strategy. Mr. Morley has acted as technical advisor for economic development to organizations in Canada, Romania, Ukraine, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Prior to this, Mr. Morley was Senior Manager, Business Retention and Expansion and Research at Nova Scotia Business Inc. Before that, he was Director of the Marketing and Research Branch of Nova Scotia Economic Development. Mr. Morley joined the Government of Nova Scotia as a Senior Economic Advisor in mid-1995. Prior to that, he was Senior Policy Analyst and Research Coordinator for the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council where he worked for 15 years.

Mr. Morley also taught for nine years in the Economics Department of Saint Mary's University and is the author of over 70 articles on economic development. In 2006, he was elected President of Business Retention and Expansion International, and is now immediate Past-President. Additionally, he is past-president of the Atlantic Association of Applied Economists, a member of the Canadian Association of Business Economists, the Economic Developers Association of Canada, and the OECD LEED Forum. Most recently, he was appointed by Canada's Minister of Industry to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is headquartered in Washington, DC. Its mission is to provide leadership and excellence in economic development for communities, members and partners.

Contact:  Erin Way, Media Relations
(202) 942-9474, iedconline.org