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Board Chair appointed for Central Economic Development Agency

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Palmerston North City and Manawatū District Councils are pleased to announce the reappointment of Malcolm Bailey to the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) Board, and also as the Chairperson, for a further three year term.

Malcolm has been the chairperson of the CEDA Board since it was established in 2015 to deliver economic growth in the Manawatū region on behalf of the two councils that jointly own CEDA.

Both Mayor Grant Smith and Mayor Helen Worboys agree that Malcolm has an excellent grasp on what is required, he is actively involved in business ventures through manufacturing, digital technology and agri-business.

"He’s well connected nationally and has led the organisation’s governance board through a challenging start," says Mayor Smith, "There is real value in seeing continuity in this important role."

"We cannot underestimate the importance of the job in leading CEDA."

"The future of our region is extremely bright, some would say the most buoyant it has been in decades. The city and Manawatū district are growing fast and CEDA is part of that" says Mayor Worboys.

"They are the ‘front door’ for business and helping set our reputation outwardly." There were eight applicants for the role, two were shortlisted and interviewed. Both shortlisted applicants had excellent skills, with the electoral college ultimately recommending Malcolm be appointed to the Board Chair.

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