October 2, 2018
Jay C. Moon, CEcD, FM, HLM, President and CEO, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence In Economic Development In Honor of Edward deLuca from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Monday, October 1, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held September 29 - October 3, in Atlanta, Georgia.
"On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Honorary Awards Committee, we congratulate Jay for achieving this well-deserved recognition. His work has greatly enhanced the economic prosperity and quality of life for individuals and businesses in the communities he served. We can all aspire to emulate his successes and create meaningful changes in our own communities," said Craig Richard, CEcD, FM, President and CEO, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, and 2018 IEDC Board Chair.
The Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Development is given in honor of Edward deLuca in recognition of a lifelong commitment to excellence in economic development.
There are few economic developers in the field today with the stature and reputation of Mr. Jay Moon. Whether he is working to advocate for workforce development and manufacturing initiatives or mentoring the next generation of economic developers, Mr. Moon understands the complexity of the profession and the skills it takes to better communities and work collaboratively.
Since 2002, Mr. Moon has worked as President and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA). As the leader of an association that represents all manufacturers and associated businesses, Mr. Moon has helped in the development of landmark civil justice reform and government programs supportive of business and industry. He also helped develop and currently manages the state's Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program, a public-private partnership aimed at supporting small- to medium-sized manufacturers.
Mr. Moon's dedicated approach to workforce development is evident, especially in his work with the Mississippi's State Workforce Board while serving as Chair from 2013 to 2016. During that time, he worked with a team to create the first Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act grant for Mississippi, which coordinates all workforce development programs and supports networks in the state.
After the early years of his career as an assistant planner and analyst, he continued working his way up and became a department director for the City of Gulfport, where he created the city's first economic development program. Before joining the MMA, Mr. Moon held several positions at the Mississippi Development Authority.
In addition to his work to improve economic and workforce development throughout Mississippi, Mr. Moon has given much of his time to helping and teaching others. For the past 18 years, he has been an instructor for the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute. He has also served as Dean for the program and as a member of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Moon's leadership, accomplishments, experience and commitment are well-known in the field. In 2016, Mr. Moon was recognized as one of Mississippi's Top 50 Influential persons, and in 2017 as one of Mississippi's Top CEOs by the Mississippi Business Journal.
Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the worst recorded storm to hit the continental United States, Mr. Moon worked with former Governor Haley Barbour regarding relief for citizens and industry in the state. While helping the citizens of Mississippi, he had to focus on industry and help to make sure jobs did not leave the state. He worked with the Mississippi legislature and the state's Congressional delegation to insure adequate resources were made available to help rebuild the state's infrastructure.
Mr. Moon is also a leader at the national level, having served as Chairman of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2011, from which he also holds the Certified Economic Developer certification, as well as Fellow and Honorary Life Member designations. Placed on the original committee to develop ethics guidelines at IEDC, he was one of the three original instructors and continues to teach this course today.
As a board member of the National Association of Manufacturers, Mr. Moon brought the CEO to an IEDC conference and helped IEDC dial into the issues of manufacturing. He is a true gentleman and his patience and grace allowed him to bring additional civility to an already civil board.
With all this in mind, the International Economic Development Council is honored to present the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Development in honor of Edward deLuca to Jay Moon.