FCEDC President & CEO Robert Van Geons joins the IEDC Board of Directors

Sep 26, 2023 | Press Releases

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Robert Van Geons Selected to Serve on the International Economic Development Council’s 2024 Board of Directors
FCEDC President & CEO to join Board of 4,800-member association on January 1, 2024


Fayetteville, NC – Robert M. Van Geons, CEcD, President & CEO of the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC), was recently selected to serve a two-year term as a Board Member on the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) 2024 Board of Directors.  Elected during the annual board meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2023, at IEDC’s 2023 Annual Conference in Dallas, TX., Robert will be joining 25 economic developers from around the world.   All board terms will begin on January 1, 2024.


“As I pass the torch to the newly elected board, I am reminded of the profound responsibility that comes with leadership, especially when guiding economic development professionals from around the world. Robert will embrace this opportunity to change the world for the better,” said Jonas Peterson, CEcD, 2023 IEDC Board Chair. “It is through our shared vision, unity, and purpose that we can chart a course towards a brighter future for IEDC and our profession. I have full confidence that you will ensure our mission continues to flourish as our new Board carries the torch forward. Congratulations, Robert.”


“Our shared commitment to making a positive impact in our community is what binds us together as an organization and as a profession. Robert, your distinctive talents and perspectives give me great confidence that our organization will continue to grow, adapt, and thrive, advancing our mission and positively influencing the communities we serve and their constituents,” added Nathan Ohle, President and CEO of IEDC. “Let us work hand in hand, guided by our shared passion, to make a lasting impact and create a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable future for all.”


“I’m honored to join the IEDC Board, and grateful to FCEDC’s Board of Directors for their support.” said Robert. “IEDC allows us to collaborate with and engage thought leaders from around the world, helping us deploy innovative ideas to better serve Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and our community partners.”




About FCEDC: The Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation is a public-private partnership designed to enhance job growth and prosperity in the region by attracting new investment while growing and retaining existing industry. FCEDC works daily to help strengthen our economy and diversify our community tax base. Successful projects would not be possible without the ongoing support of the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and community partners. Learn more at www.fayedc.com.


About IEDC

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,800 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members engage in the full range of economic development practices. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in various settings, including local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities, and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more at iedconline.org.