Re: Morfessis Withdraws
Just in from the governor’s office:
Governor Donald L. Carcieri today announced that Ioanna Morfessis has chosen not to accept the position of Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (EDC) due to a personal family matter. The Governor spoke with Ms. Morfessis late Tuesday afternoon.
“While I am disappointed that Ioanna will not be leading the EDC, I respect and understand her decision, and wish her and her family well,” said Governor Carcieri. “On behalf of myself, and all those she has had the opportunity to meet and work with these past several weeks, I extend my best wishes and prayers to her and her family.”
“Due to recent knowledge of a family member’s serious health challenges, it is with deep regret and a heavy heart that I withdraw as the Governor’s Executive Director designee for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation,” said Ioanna Morfessis.
“Over the past year, through the work of my EDC review panel, the House and Senate leadership, and the business community, we have made a united commitment to improve our economic development strategy,” continued Governor Carcieri. “Rebuilding our economy and getting people back to work is our most important priority. I am confident that we will build upon the efforts of this last year to strengthen the EDC and continue to move our economic development strategy forward.”
Governor Carcieri has contacted House and Senate leadership to discuss an alternative plan that he expects to announce next week.