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December 14, 2011

The Idaho Department of Commerce has named Gynii Gilliam as its new chief economic development officer. Gilliam brings more than 20 years of experience to the position. Most recently, she served as executive director of Bannock Development Corporation.

David Kerr, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, will step down from the position Dec. 31.

Tim McLaughlin and Bob Merritt have been selected for leadership positions within the Delaware Economic Development Office. McLaughlin, formerly with the Delaware State Housing Authority, is taking over as director of business development, overseeing DEDO's recruitment efforts. Merritt, who was vice president of the First National Bank of Wyoming's loan department, joins DEDO as capital resources director, overseeing management of Delaware's Strategic Fund.

TechColumbus has appointed Tim Haynes, vice president for membership and marketing, as interim CEO beginning Jan. 1. Previously, Ted Ford, who spent six years as the organization's CEO, announced his plans to leave the post at the end of this year.

Joe Reagan, the president of Greater Louisville Inc. has been hired to lead the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. He will replace Richard Fleming, who is leaving RCGA at the end of the year.

Jim Bowman is leaving his post as president of the Missoula Economic Partnership. Bowman was hired in June to head the public-private venture designed to create jobs in Missoula. James Grunke, project director at NCDS, has been named as acting president.

John Crawford resigned as interim head of the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City. Assistant city manager Bob Langenkamp will assume the interim CEO until a permanent replacement can be found.

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