The Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce and Quad-Cities First, which leads external marketing and business attraction for the six-county region, has hired Ray De Winkle as the new vice president, business attraction.

“We’re happy to announce that we’ve filled a key position to advance our region’s economic development efforts,” said Paul Rumler, the chamber's chief economic development officer. “Filling this position has been one of my top priorities. Ray has an extensive background in the industry, and we look forward to bringing his depth of experience to the chamber’s economic development team.”

He replaces Daniel Mann, who left Quad-Cities First in July 2013.

De Winkle has 25 years of economic development experience. Most recently, he worked as senior vice president, global business development for the Lansing (Mich.) Economic Area Partnership. As part of his job there, he was responsible for identifying business attraction opportunities in target sectors.

Before that, he was president and CEO of Greater Findlay, Inc., a combined chamber, economic development, and convention and visitors bureau organization in Findlay, Ohio. De Winkle also worked at The Right Place, Inc., a public-private economic development partnership in Grand Rapids, Mich., for 19 years. During his tenure there, he was vice president, business development for 15 years.

“It’s an exciting time in the Quad-Cities and I’m honored to be part of the economic development team that will continue to advance regional growth,” De Winkle said. “Under Quad-Cities First, the region has effectively prepared itself to be competitive nationally and internationally.”

De Winkle will begin his duties here Aug. 27.

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