Gov. Easley Appoints Kelly to Spearhead Western N.C. Recovery Efforts

November 26, 2004

North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley has appointed David Kelly of Oak Island to spearhead western North Carolina recovery efforts and oversee the Western Recovery Task Force. Kelly begins work Monday and will devote full-time efforts to western North Carolina recovery following several natural disasters that struck the region this year.

“David successfully managed Hurricane Floyd’s recovery efforts, and I am confident that his expertise will help meet the needs of our western North Carolina residents,” Easley said. “The west has suffered some of its most severe flooding ever and the task force, with David’s leadership, will help the families, businesses and communities recover.”

Established by the governor in October, the 41-member task force consists of local officials, business leaders, non-profit organizations and economic developers. The task force, chaired by Gordon Myers, is currently evaluating the needs of the western region while also making recommendations on recovery strategies. It is expected to provide a full report to Easley, Kelly and the legislature in December.

In May 2001, Easley appointed Kelly to head the Hurricane Floyd Redevelopment Office and oversee recovery efforts.

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