The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership has a new leader.

Following a six month national search, the Board of Directors hired James Grunke.

He will begin his new job September 17.

He spent six years at the Missoula Economic Partnership in Montana.

Before that he worked as Project Director for Atlanta based National Community Development Services.

Grunke is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma 
Economic Development Institute and the Northwest Community Development Institute.