SPARTANBURG, SC — March 9, 2016 — The Economic Futures Group (EFG) is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members: Michael E. McNally, as Director of Existing Industry, and Doug Gregory, as Director of Administration and Research.
Michael E. McNally comes to the Economic Futures Group after serving as the Executive Vice President of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his role with the Chamber, he served as the Director of Existing Industry Services for the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation in Hickory, NC.
McNally will be responsible for developing and directing an effective program of outreach, communications, support services, and technical problem solving to support and cause the growth of existing industries in Spartanburg County. In this role, McNally will participate in workforce development programming needed throughout the county and coordinate and cultivate partnerships with local agencies to establish working committees that meet the needs of our manufacturers.
Doug Gregory joins the Economic Futures Group after serving as the Director of Marketing and Communications and, most recently, as Director of Member Experiences with the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber staff in 2012, Gregory worked almost 20 years in the non-profit sector in marketing, program development, and executive leadership.
Gregory will oversee the EFG’s office and administrative functions. Additionally, he will assist in coordinating efforts of EFG’s allies in economic development at the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Upstate Alliance, the Appalachian Council of Governments, Spartanburg County, utility providers, and various local municipalities. Gregory will be leveraging new data analysis tools to improve service and delivery for potential economic development activity.
About the Economic Futures Group
The Economic Futures Group (EFG) is a public-private partnership of the City of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, and the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. The economic development leaders of the community are represented on the Board of Directors. The EFG functions to synchronize a strategic economic development effort for Spartanburg County with a range of services from innovative assistance programs and research, to advanced site selection services. The EFG’s target industries of automotive, advanced materials, energy, biosciences, and aerospace — are reflective of existing industries as well as sectors expected to perform well economically in the area. For more information, visit www.economicfuturesgroup.com.