ORLANDO, Fla. – Wake County Economic Development (WCED), a program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the primary economic development organization for Wake County and its 12 municipalities, has announced that Assistant Executive Director Jennifer Bosser, has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s “40 Under 40” awards, the first-ever awards program recognizing young talent in the economic development profession.
As the assistant executive director for WCED, Bosser oversees day-to-day operations, manages overall strategic initiatives, and leads the recruitment and retention of life science companies in Wake County as well as the Regional Triangle’s Talent Attraction initiative Work In The Triangle, Smarter From Any Angle. Prior to joining WCED, Bosser served as vice president of executive engagement and enterprise strategy with the North Carolina Technology Association, a statewide trade association serving the state’s technology industry. Bosser moved to North Carolina in 2005, from Washington, D.C., where she worked in a variety of economic development positions including overseeing the District of Columbia’s existing industry retention and outreach program under Mayor Anthony Williams at the Washington, DC Economic Development Partnership.
A five-member selection committee chose the winner from a pool of more than 150 candidates based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing. DCI’s “40 Under 40” award identifies and recognizes the economic development profession’s rising stars. DCI officially announced the winners at an awards reception during the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in Orlando on Sunday, Jan. 27. All award winners will be featured in an in-depth profile on the DCI website throughout 2013.
For more information on DCI’s “40 Under 40” and a full listing of award winners, visit http://www.aboutdci.com/40under40.
“I am very excited to have the great honor of receiving a “40 Under 40” award for the economic development profession,” said Bosser. “Throughout my entire career, I have always been passionate about my profession and working to grow and improve the economic status of various areas, especially the Triangle, and it is exciting to be recognized among some of the nation’s top talent.”
“Jennifer’s passion for economic development, combined with her keen intellect and love of leanring, makes her an amazing asset to the Research Triangle region,” said Lee Anne B. Nance, senior vice president of Research Triangle Regional Partnership. “Her enthusiasm and collaborative leadership style make her a tremendous joy to know.”
“The people chosen by the selection committee represent a bright future for the economic development world,” said Andy Levine, president of DCI. “They are a new breed of results-driven, place makers. Weare very pleased to see Jennifer Bosser among the winners.”
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Wake County Economic Development (WCED), a program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, is the primary economic development organization for Wake County and its 12 municipalities.WCED hosts clients evaluating Wake County for possible facility locations each year and facilitates dozens of corporate expansions, resulting in new jobs and capital investment for Raleigh and Wake County. Services available to companies that are considering relocating or expanding in Wake County include economic and demographic research, site and building inventory searches, visitation itineraries, community tours, corporate executive and employee briefings, employee relocation assistance, and post-relocation services. In both 2002 and 2003, Site Selection magazine recognized WCED as one of the top ten economic development organizations in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.raleigh-wake.org/home.
Considered the leader in marketing places, Development Counsellors International (DCI) specializes in economic development and tourism marketing. The agency has worked for more than 400 cities, regions, states and countries since it was established in New York City in 1960. For more information, visit http://www.aboutdci.com.