The Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC soon will have new leadership, as Ryan Unger today was named to head the regional business organization.
The chamber and CREDC boards voted to confirm Unger as the new president and CEO following a 1½-year search for a new leader.
“I’m grateful to the business community for trusting me to lead this incredible organization, and I look forward to working with our inspiring members and board to continue building an organization where people feel comfortable coming to create meaningful change and tackle challenges,” Unger said, in a statement. “We’ll work to make sure everyone in our region is proud to call this home.”
The Harrisburg Chamber & CREDC is a business membership and economic development organization for Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties.
According to the chamber, the search for a new CEO, led by a search committee and Greensboro, N.C.-based Jorgenson Consulting, generated 125 applications from across the country.
Unger will replace Dave Black, who plans to retire on June 30. Black has held the position for the past two decades. Unger will assume the post on July 1.
Since December 2015, Unger has served as president and CEO of the Harrisburg-based Team Pennsylvania Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to foster relationships between government and industry. Before that, he was director of policy and programs for the organization.
Prior to joining Team Pennsylvania, Unger worked in regional economic and community development at SEDA-Council of Governments based in Lewisburg, Pa., and the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce based in Shamokin Dam, Pa.
“The combination of Ryan’s passion for the region, and his background in government advocacy, economic development, and community organizations, is a perfect match to lead the Chamber & CREDC,” said Meron Yemane, chamber board chair.
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