Economic Development Council Names Interim CEO

 Current Vice President Mike O'Grady (middle) will serve as the Bloomington-Normal EDC's interim CEO. (Image credit: Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council)

Current Vice President Mike O'Grady (middle) will serve as the Bloomington-Normal EDC's interim CEO. (Image credit: Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council)

Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council (EDC) board members have chosen current EDC Vice President Mike O’Grady to serve as interim CEO.

Current CEO Kyle Hamm announced last month he will leave the EDC at the end of April to become Vice President for Client Services at Morton-based Core Construction.

O’Grady will assume his new role April 30.

EDC Director of Marketing and Communications Zach Dietmeier said EDC board members unanimously selected O’Grady to serve in the transitionary role.

“There’s continuity there--he knows the EDC; he knows the work we’ve been putting in. It was a fairly easy decision for everyone because they know that this is the best fit for the work we’re doing moving forward and helps us to stay on track throughout the whole process.”

“The goal will be to continue the great achievements our organization has accomplished under Kyle, and I look forward to assisting the board as they seek the next director for the EDC,” O’Grady said in a statement Friday.

O’Grady joined the EDC in 2012 after a 36-year career at Illinois State University and has long been involved in local, state and national government relations. He currently handles investor relations and government affairs for the EDC and received Busey Bank's 2014 Economist of the Year Award.

What’s Next?

Dietmeier said as the search for a permanent CEO continues, EDC board members will be looking for a candidate “who is able to fit the mission of the EDC to proactively drive growth locally through the economy by business expansion, development, new business recruitment and entrepreneurship.”