Cecilia Harry is the first President and CEO of Envision Greater Fond du Lac, Inc. Envision Greater Fond du Lac, Inc. is a new organization that combines the efforts of the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation and the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce. Envision Greater Fond du Lac, Inc.’s programming includes economic development services, workforce development initiatives, entrepreneurial support, and programming to engage specific groups in Fond du Lac County’s business community, including agri-business, young professionals, and many more.
Prior to joining Envision Greater Fond du Lac, Inc., Cecilia was the Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council in the Greater Omaha region of Nebraska. She led the efforts that resulted in Costco selecting Fremont as the preferred location for their first fully integrated poultry processing facility, a $550 million project that will impact the GDP of Nebraska by 1%. She has also practiced economic development in the regions of Kansas City and St. Louis.
Cecilia is a social worker by training and spent several years with the Department of Child Services in the State of Indiana prior to finding her way to economic development. She loves the idea of helping families achieve stability and safety through economic opportunities like skills enhancement and quality jobs with quality wages. This dedication to the impact a strong business community can make on the greater community will shine through Envision Greater Fond du Lac, Inc. as she and her talented team complete this game-changing transition.
Ms. Harry earned her certified economic developer designation in 2015. She currently serves on the board of directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), an organization that today has over 5,000 members. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Social Work degree in Social and Economic Development at Washington University in St. Louis.
Her husband Andrew is a physical therapist, and they have a toddler son, Theodore, and another child that will join Team Harry in November 2018.