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GPI VP Larry Holt named top economic developer of the year

December 20,2019 | By Anna Marum
­Larry Holt (left) is pictured here with Ron Kitchens, Managing Partner with Consultant Connect, at the Economix conference in Charleston.

Dec. 20, 2019

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Greater Portland Inc

GPI VP Larry Holt named top economic developer of the year
Holt, GPI’s VP of Business Development, was only winner on West Coast

PORTLAND, Ore. – Greater Portland Inc (GPI) is proud to announce that Larry Holt, Vice President of Business Development at GPI, has been recognized as one of North America’s top 50 economic developers for 2019 by Consultant Connect.

Each year, the firm asks its site selector community and economic development partners to nominate individuals they felt are top-notch, have made a significant impact on the industry, and are worthy of the title “Top Economic Developer.”

Holt was one of 50 individuals honored, and he was the only honoree from the West Coast.

“Work like Larry’s enables us to continually attract world-class companies to our region,” said Matt Miller, interim president and CEO of Greater Portland Inc. “In fact, we’ve grown our pipeline of foreign companies considering locating in our region from 5 percent to 30 percent over the last 5 years. Our talented business development team and their work with our economic development partners is the reason for that.”

Holt collected his award at Consultant Connect’s Economix conference in Charleston this month. Holt is the latest GPI team member to be honored with a national award. Miller received Development Counsellors International’s 40 Under 40 award earlier this year.
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About Greater Portland Inc: Greater Portland Inc provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in Greater Portland, a region that spans two states and seven counties. A true public-private partnership model, Greater Portland Inc is supported by 90 public- and private-sector partners who are committed to advancing regional economic development through job growth and investment. Greater Portland Inc and partners shape the region’s economic future and market the region to the world. Learn more at greaterportlandinc.com.

About Consultant Connect: Consultant Connect bridges the gap between leading economic developers and location consultants, providing a platform to gain transparent feedback, invaluable insight and lasting business relationships. Consultant Connect has served more than 230 national and international clients since 2013.

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