Veronica Creech appointed as Chief of Economic Development and External Engagement at Advance Community Health
RALEIGH, NC – Advance Community Health announced today that Veronica Creech has been appointed Chief of Economic Development and External Engagement for the organization.
“Ms. Creech brings an incredible wealth of experience in economic development, and the Wake County business community, to this role,” said Scot McCray, CEO, Advance Community Health. “We are thrilled to welcome her to the Advance Community Health team to help expand our partnerships and enhance our capacity to support equitable development throughout our service areas.”
As Chief of Economic Development and External Engagement, Creech will be responsible for providing oversight and leadership for Advance’s economic development goals which include workforce development, land planning, land use, and public/private partnerships across corporate, government, nonprofits, and community partners.
“Advance has a mission to support the wellbeing of our community, which extends beyond health to include housing, transportation, food access and job training,” said McCray. “As we enter this new phase of growth, we will be leveraging our own assets from an equitable development framework to address social determinant challenges. The creation of our new economic development focus, and the addition of Ms. Creech uniquely positions Advance Community Health to propel this mission forward.”
In her 20-plus years of experience, Creech has served some of the state’s most respected institutions. She most recently served as the inaugural Vice President of Economic Development and External Engagement at Saint Augustine’s University (SAU), where she led efforts that attracted more than $2 million in new funds from state, federal, and corporate sources. Creech also served as Director of the Office of Economic Development & Innovation at the City of Raleigh. While at the City, she managed the creation, implementation and distribution of the $1.6 million COVID relief fund, and worked with more than 30 active projects resulting in over 10,000 new jobs and attracting more than $3 billion in investments.
“It is an honor to join the Advance Community Health team, especially under the visionary leadership of Scot McCray. I am humbled to invest my gifts and talents toward such a powerful mission,” said Creech.