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David Lieving named President & CEO of Huntington Area Development Council (HADCO)

Huntington, W.Va., : Geoffrey S. Sheils, Chairman of HADCO’s Executive Committee, recently announced that David H. Lieving will become the next President & CEO of HADCO, replacing Gary Walton who passed away in May after a short battle with cancer.

David LievingLieving, a West Virginia native with an undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and a graduate degree from Marshall University, comes to HADCO after a career with the West Virginia Development Office for the last 25 years. There, Lieving served in various roles ranging from being a leader in the Governor’s Workforce Investment Division, to having marketing responsibilities involved in the active recruitment of businesses considering expansion and/or relocation in the state, and having responsibility for business retention & expansion working with existing businesses and public/private organizations involved in economic development efforts on a regional basis.

Lieving commented on his new position, “Gary Walton was a dear friend of mine and a long time, well respected colleague in economic development in the state. Gary leaves big shoes to fill, but I look forward with great enthusiasm to begin work in the Huntington community with such a professional team and progressive organization like HADCO. Cabell and Wayne counties are known for great community and government support for their ongoing economic development efforts, and I am truly excited to lead HADCO into the future. The organization is in place to do some great things, and I can’t wait to build on the momentum that Gary was instrumental in creating.”

Sheils added, “Mr. Lieving’s broad and extensive experience in economic development and workforce development activities combined with his work ethic, personality and character is a perfect blend that will serve HADCO and this community extremely well. We are very excited to have this native West Virginian lead our organization. He will hit the ground running as he is already familiar with the HADCO organization, the Huntington business community, the Cabell and Wayne County landscape as well as all of the pending projects/proposals that HADCO is currently engaged.”

HADCO was created in 1992 as a public/private partnership and is one of only 29 economic development organizations in the nation, and the only one in the state of West Virginia, that is accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). HADCO markets the assets of the greater Huntington area to business prospects looking to relocate or expand as its mission is to attract new employers to Cabell and Wayne Counties, to retain existing employers, and to help all employers expand their businesses in this region. In addition to these efforts, HADCO in recent years has constructed four industrial buildings that have been leased or sold to national and international manufacturers from Spain, Italy and Japan and currently has a 100,750 square foot facility ready for occupancy in Lesage. In its 23 years of existence, over 10,000 new jobs have been announced, over 2.8 million square feet of building space leased, over 30 new companies have announced locations in Cabell and Wayne Counties and over $260 million has been invested in new capital projects in this region. More information can be found at