Ted Header was selected to be the next President and CEO of Greater Huron Development Corporation at the organization’s Board of Directors’ meeting this week. Haeder has been Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the organization for the past two years.

Board Chairperson Pam Browning said that Header will assume his new role the first week of November. “We are fortunate to have someone with Ted’s experience and talent to continue leading our business and community recovery efforts through the COVID crisis,” said Browning.

David McGirr, current President & CEO, will be leaving that role to do consulting work on business and development projects. Browning noted that McGirr will still be involved with the organization. “Greater Huron has been very successful under David’s leadership, and we are pleased that he has agreed to stay on our staff part-time to continue work on several projects that are in progress,” said Browning.

Browning said she is proud of the work that Greater Huron has completed the last several months helping Huron area businesses through the COVID crisis. “We developed a COVID website with dozens of resources, offered advice and referrals for state and national recovery programs as they were released, published a Business Reopening Playbook, and developed the Forward Huron no-interest COVID loan program for local businesses.”

Other COVID related Greater Huron work cited by Browning included facilitating fundraising for the COVID Rental Assistance program, providing financial planning and business consulting in cooperation with the SBA, playing an active role in the Beadle County Unified COVID Taskforce, assisting with the COVID Call Center, providing a building for COVID drive-through testing, and publishing daily charts updating the community on the status of New and Active COVID cases.”

Browning said that the Board and staff are also working on a “Business Recovery and Resiliency Plan” that will be the framework for helping businesses survive this crisis and prepare them for the “new normal” that lies on the other end. “We have been busy at Greater Huron, and we are proud of the role we are playing in our community,” said Browning.

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