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October 29, 2008

Southern Growth hired Ted Abernathy, Jr., former Executive Vice President & COO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, to serve as its Executive Director, filling the vacancy created by Jim Clinton's resignation in September.

The Minnesota Center for Engineering & Manufacturing Excellence has hired Ronald Bennett as executive director.

The City of Virginia Beach Economic Development Department has hired Scott Hall to fill their newly created position of Business Development Coordinator.

Marquette University has named Keith Osterhage as executive director for its office of research and sponsored programs.

Mary Jo Waits is the new Director for NGA Center for Best Practices' Social, Economic & Workforce Programs Division within the National Governors Association.

Dennis Yablonsky, secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Community & Economic Development resigned effective Oct. 23.

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine named Jerold Zaro as Chief of the Governor's Office of Economic Growth.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has reorganized the Department of Labor and Economic Growth and changed the department's name to the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth. Stanley (Skip) Pruss, currently the governor's energy advisor will serve as the new CEO and director of the renamed department. Pruss replaces current Director/CEO Keith Cooley, who, in early November, will become the new president and CEO of the NextEnergy Center, the state's renewable energy industry accelerator.

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