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Greater Fremont Development Council director earns national recognition

Monday, November 10, 2014

By Fremont Tribune

The executive director of the Greater Fremont Development Council is part of a six-person team that recently was recognized nationally for leadership and innovation.

Cecilia Harry and five other economic developers from across the country received the Economic Development Leadership and Innovation Award at a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas in October.

The award was presented by GIS Planning Inc. of San Francisco in partnership with fDi intelligence, a division of the Financial Times in London.

“I was incredibly humbled,” Harry said. “I was very pleased to be recognized, but it wasn’t until the actual awards ceremony and I saw who else was being recognized that I realized what a special honor it was. Several folks that received individual awards have contributed tremendously to this profession over the last 30 years. They are people that I aspire to be and that I look up to and that I see as mentors who have done amazing things for their communities and for the field. To be recognized in the same awards ceremony as them was very humbling. It made me realize the importance of the recognition.

“It was a team award,” she explained. “The selection committee was a group of my peers, some very seasoned and well-respected economic professionals that have been in the field for decades.”

The award recognized a five-year collaborative effort in which Harry and her team established programming designed to engage young professionals. Harry was made chair of the committee a year ago, and tasked with producing actionable items within six months that could be implemented over the following year.

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