McMahan To Leave Yancey EDC

The Yancey County Economic Development Commission shares that Jamie McMahan has formally announced that he will be departing his position as Executive Director of the Yancey County EDC effective 31 January 2023 to take a position in the private non-profit sector.  Director McMahan offered the following statement regarding his departure:

“As I reflect on my tenure as Yancey EDC Director since 2017, I am filled with several emotions, all of them positive.  I am filled with gratitude and thankfulness to the members of the Yancey County Economic Development Commission, the County Commissioners, and Town Councilors who have served during my tenure, and to the County and Town Managers and administrative staff.  You have always been supportive of and have encouraged me in this role and the work that goes into economic development in a rural community in western North Carolina and have been invaluable partners, colleagues, and friends.”

“I am filled with pride as I look back on what we have accomplished together in Yancey County in the realm of economic development.  Despite a public health emergency and bumpy economic circumstances over the past few years, we have continued to post year over year growth in our county’s median wage, capital business investment, number of private businesses both large and small, gross domestic product, and have seen growth in community development projects which have enhanced the quality of life for all our people.”

“Most of all I am filled with humility and a sense of appreciation to the community that I and my family have called home, to the neighbors and friends, citizens and residents, and workers of Yancey County.  Work in economic development is challenging and rewarding in equal measure for any practitioner in any community.  To have been given the chance to do this work in Yancey County is a gift that I have been given that has made this time in my life and my career even more significant and rewarding to me.  As I embark on the next step in my career, I look forward to remaining connected and in touch with my colleagues and friends locally, across the western North Carolina region, and across the American Southeast and will continue to follow the work that I know you will continue to do to make our home communities, our region, and our country grow and prosper.”