The Greater Fremont Development Council (GFDC), an active partner in the Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership, has appointed Garry Clark as its next executive director. He will be responsible for the promotion of economic development activities in Greater Fremont beginning September 18, 2017.
“I was intrigued by the potential to combine my energy and knowledge with that of the GFDC team and local business leaders,” Clark said. “I am eager to engage and do my part to build new programs and explore opportunities that will help to retain existing industries and promote the expansion of our workforce.”
Prior to this appointment, Clark served as Nebraska Opportunity Fund Manager for the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority. His body of economic development work spans from West Point where he was the Executive Director of Cuming County Economic Development to Washington, D.C. (Executive Director of North Capitol Main Street, Inc.) and Bowie, Maryland (Economic Development Specialist).
“My background provides a great mix of local, urban and rural economic development expertise along with a very clear understanding of the legislative process and economic development resources within the state of Nebraska,” Clark said. “I feel confident my experience will help me be the catalyst needed to achieve direct, sustainable economic development in this next chapter.”
Clark will be responsible for coordinating GFDC’s program of work as he focuses on expanding current business and industry in Greater Fremont.
“With a string of recent economic successes under our belts, we’ve built up some great momentum. Now, under Garry’s leadership, we know the Greater Fremont area will continue the march forward as one of Nebraska’s leading economic centers,” said Bill Vobejda, president of the GFDC Board.
Clark will work closely with the GFDC Board and the broader Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership to strengthen the competitiveness of GFDC within the local, state and global economy.
Randy Thelen, the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Senior vice president of economic development, said, “Garry has an energy, an enthusiasm and a vision for Greater Fremont that – when coupled with his economic development expertise – will make him an incredible asset for the region and our partnership.”
A three-time All-American and member of the Dana College Athletic Hall of Fame, Clark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Dana and a Master of Science in Urban Studies (Public Administration) from University of Nebraska at Omaha.