FCEDC Welcomes Maarja Hightower as Director of Communications

Jul 12, 2021 | Press Releases


July 12, 2021
Contact: Maarja Hightower, Director of Communications
Phone: 910-500-6464
Email: maarja@fayedc.com


FCEDC Welcomes Maarja Hightower as Director of Communications

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC) is pleased to announce that Maarja Hightower, CAE, has joined the staff as the new Director of Communications, with the goal of championing the organization’s communications, events and PR efforts at the local, state, national and international levels.

Hightower joins FCEDC with more than 17 years of experience spearheading communications and marketing initiatives for national and global organizations. She previously worked as the Director of Marketing and Membership for BICSI, a global professional association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. Hightower holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Contemporary Media and Journalism from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Business Administration degree in Leadership and Organizational Theory from the University of South Florida. Hightower also achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in 2010.

FCEDC President and CEO Robert Van Geons stated, “Maarja’s depth of experience and knowledge in communications, association management and events will enhance our talented team and serve us well in telling our community’s unique and authentic story.”

“I’m energized by the incredible opportunity to join FCEDC and lead the communications efforts of this vital organization,” said Hightower. “I look forward to collaborating with the team, and FCEDC Board of Directors, to further expand the reach of FCEDC and proactively promote the vibrant community of Fayetteville and Cumberland County to industry, stakeholders and national media.”

More information about new FCEDC initiatives and programs can be found at https://fayedc.com/news/.



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 industry and growing and retaining existing industry. FCEDC works daily to help strengthen our economy and diversify our community tax base. Learn more at www.fayedc.com.