Joe Riley of Georgia Electric Membership Corporation Receives Rip Wiley Award
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Posted by: Kelly McLendon
Joe Riley, Manager, Economic Development, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), was named the 2016 Rip Wiley Award-winner for Professional Excellence by the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA). Riley is being recognized for his professionalism, integrity, leadership, commitment and contributions to the profession.
Riley has represented Georgia’s EMCs since 1982 when he came to Georgia via Oglethorpe Power Corporation from the State of Kentucky, where he headed up the State’s operations in their first California Development Office. He has been an active member of GEDA and served on many committees and as a member of the GEDA board of directors.
Joe’s tenacity has been proven over and over as he has worked diligently for the past seven years, while undergoing treatment for a very aggressive form of brain cancer. He never “skipped a beat,” and many have said that Joe worked harder after his diagnosis than many economic developers in perfect health.
Riley has always been most inspired when he would return to a community in which he had helped locate an industry and see the project’s impact. Seeing the facility in full operation and knowing that the people working in that plant were earning a good living so that they could care for their families and educate their children was enough to motivate Joe to “keep at it.” Over the course of his career in Georgia, Joe worked on
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many projects with investments totaling about $1 billion and announced-jobs of nearly 4,000. Over the course of his Georgia-career, Riley has recruited, hired, trained and mentored nearly thirty economic development professionals, including Dennis Chastain, President, Georgia EMC.
The award was presented to Joe at his home by members of the GEDA Executive Committee on Wednesday, September 14th, with Peg, his wife, and Lynn, his sister-inlaw, in attendance. The announcement was made by Pat Merritt, Secretary-Treasurer of GEDA and Vice President, Economic & Community Development, Georgia EMC, at the GEDA Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, Georgia on Friday, September 23rd. Dennis Chastain and Pat Merritt submitted the nomination.
To read more about his nomination click here to read his nomination letter from Dennis Chastain and Pat Merritt.