Economic development office says farewell to its director, Chris Berry|
|The Langlade County Economic Development Corporation said good-bye to Executive Director Chris Berry Thursday and welcomed Angie Close into the position.|
Berry announced earlier this month that she was taking a position as regional account manager for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, creating the opportunity for her assistant to move up into the top chair.
“I’m excited,” Close said. “Chris has done a wonderful job working as a collaborator and getting people together to focus on the challenges in the county and I hope to continue that.”
Close, a graduate of the information processing specialist program at Northcentral Technical College, came to the office five years ago after a career in marketing with a regional broadcasting company.
A native of Antigo, she and her husband, Randy, have a daughter, Alexandria Forster, and a grandson, Deakon.
Close said that the corporation will take time for some refocusing, a usual step whenever there is a change in leadership, and review its mission, work plan, and cluster target analysis.
“There is a lot I would like to do,” she said. “But its got to be collaborative between the various groups.
The corporation is currently seeking an administrative assistant to fill Close’s former position. Applications are due Wednesday.
The Economic Development Corporation is led by an 11-member board made up of county supervisors, city aldermen and representatives of the private sector.
Berry will begin her new duties on Sept. 8, replacing Deb Clements, who is retiring.
“In my new capacity, I will have Langlade County along with nine others as my region,” Berry said. “It has been such an incredible experience learning about and working with all our area businesses and governmental entities. Langlade County produces some incredible products.”
She had been involved with the county’s economic development office for nine years.
Chris Berry, left, and Angie Close are changing their roles in regional economic development.
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