The Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation approved a new president late last week.
Freddy Thomas was named the new president of the corporation, which helps spur and maintain business development in the city, according to a news release. JEDCO directors unanimously approved Thomas as the president at a special meeting on July 25. The position has been vacant since February when Darrell Prcin retired.
Thomas has volunteered as a JEDCO director for more than four years, and he was key in implementing standards for business incentives and in crafting and negotiating expansion of Stage Stores and others in Jacksonville.
He is a certified public accountant and an accredited business appraiser and also serves as the director of finance for the city of Jacksonville. As president of JEDCO he will be active in encouraging growth of local business while continuing to recruit new jobs to Jacksonville.