MORRIS – A familiar face will be joining the team at the Grundy Economic Development Council next month.
Doug Pryor, who used to be a research analyst for the GEDC on a contractual basis for more than two years, will be the GEDC’s new vice president.
“It’s exciting to go back,” Pryor said. “I’m looking forward to it. It’s exciting to work with the community and see if we can do some good.”
Pryor will replace Missy Durkin, who resigned as the GEDC’s business development director to become the operations director for the Morris Community YMCA.
Pryor will come in as a vice president rather than filling Durkin’s exact former title, CEO Nancy Norton Ammer said. She said Pryor’s analytical and economic skills make the vice president title more fitting.
“One of Doug’s strengths is his ability to locate and analyze information and that information makes us all able to make better decisions,” Ammer said.
When Pryor worked with the GEDC before, he was instrumental in writing and obtaining approval for Grundy County’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. He also prepared year-end economic reviews for Grundy County, detailing important economic data for the county and local communities.
Pryor currently is a business and financial analyst for an energy company. His first day with the GEDC will be Feb. 3, he said. He will continue to work as a part-time economics instructor for Dominican University, as well.
“He has a great big-picture perspective and also, I believe, has one of the firmest grips on the local economy,” Ammer said. “So with that and his technical expertise, he is going to be a great addition.”
Pryor received his Master of Business Administration from Dominican University and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois. Pryor and his wife, Jennifer, live in Morris with their two children.