Lynne A. Knight has been selected as vice president of knowledge management at the International Economic Development Council reporting to its president and CEO.
The former Saipan resident who is a certified economic developer is joining “the world’s largest membership organization serving the economic development profession “” according to its website. The council covers economic development from “”public to private rural to urban and local to international “” it states.
Its 4 000-plus members include various public economic development organizations chambers of commerce and other support agencies community and redevelopment authorities. Member expertise includes real estate development and commercial revitalization workforce development infrastructure and business finance and business marketing attraction expansion and retention. The council has a variety of services and programs and is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization.
Knight will manage a team of researchers project managers and content developers who stay on top of trends in economic development. She told the Journal by email “”I’m really thrilled to join the IEDC which is an organization that is contributing tremendous thought leadership and value in the economic development field both in the U.S. and internationally. I have learned so much from working in the Marianas and understanding the day to day challenges of people and organizations that are working to improve the economy. It’s exciting to now have access to a huge organization with information to share so that local communities around the world don’t have to re-invent the wheel. I hope I can use my new contacts and resources to benefit the islands that have been such a big part of my life and career.””
Knight was previously director of economic development programs for Management Analysis Inc. based in Vienna Va. She moved from Saipan to Washington D.C. in 2009 after having been a participant in the regional economy for more than 20 years. She was vice president of corporate affairs for Tan Holdings publisher of the Saipan Tribune and general manager of Century Hotel. Knight’s community service included the chairmanship of the commonwealth’s Economic Development Commission and the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands. She is a past president of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce and previously owned an advertising agency and was a nominee for the First Hawaiian Bank and Guam Business Magazine 2006 Businesswoman of the Year.