Lynch retiring as Greensboro recruiter during tumultuous period
Longtime principal Greensboro economic recruiter Dan Lynch will retire at the end of this year amid calls by some business leaders in Greensboro for his resignation or firing because of what they see as lagging job creation in the city.
Lynch, who led the city of High Point economic recruitment office in the late 1980s and 1990s, announced Wednesday that he will depart as president of Greensboro Partnership Economic Development. The announcement was made following a meeting of the Greensboro Partnership’s Executive Committee.
“I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of one of the best economic development organizations in the country, promoting one of the best cities in the country – Greensboro. We have participated in some of the most complex projects in the state and I am proud of our team’s successes and accomplishments,” Lynch said in a statement.
For the past several months, the role of the partnership and Lynch’s leadership of it has come under intense scrutiny in Greensboro. Some powerful business leaders, such as Greensboro developer Roy Carroll, who also publishes The Rhino Times, have called on Lynch to depart as part of a shake-up of economic recruitment efforts in Greensboro.
Other Greensboro officials have defended the partnership and Lynch’s leadership, saying Greensboro has done well recruiting new industries and expanding existing ones during Lynch’s 10-year tenure. Before formally joining the city of Greensboro, Lynch served as an advocate for the FedEx Corp. project at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Among the projects in which Lynch had a role are the American Express Data Center, Lenovo, Honda Aircraft Co.’s HondaJet aircraft development, FedEx Ground, CitiCorp, PreCor and Ameritox. He has also assisted existing companies, such as Volvo/Mack Truck, Procter & Gamble and RF Micro Devices, expand their operations and work forces, according to the partnership.
Prior to moving to Greensboro, Lynch served as director of economic development for the city of High Point from 1988-96.
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