July 24, 2014

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Steve Morey of Team Lorain County moves on

ELYRIA — Team Lorain County President Steve Morey will leave the economic development organization next month to take a job with the Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation in Florida.

Morey, who has led Team Lorain County since 2008, called his time with the group “a good run,” but said he’s looking forward to his new job managing business retention efforts in Florida.

“It’s simply a great opportunity,” the 39-year-old Morey said.

Morey, who is originally from Elyria, was first hired by Team Lorain County as an economic development specialist in 2007 but was promoted to the organization’s top job within a year.

He said the group, which has a variety of partners in the business, government, education and nonprofit sectors, focuses on bringing new companies and jobs to the county and the region and to keeping local companies in the area and helping them expand.

Among the projects Morey worked on was the TeleTech call center in Amherst Township, which at its height employed about 800 people. The call center has since shrunk significantly because of lost contracts.

“I am proud of the work we have done with Team Lorain County, and Team Lorain County is very strong right now,” Morey said. “Team Lorain County is a very important part of the region’s economic development system.”

Oberlin City Manager Eric Norenberg, who serves as chair of Team Lorain County’s Executive Committee, praised Morey’s work here.

“We’re reluctant to see him go, but we think it’s a great opportunity,” Norenberg said.

Morey’s last day will be April 12, but Norenberg said he plans to convene the Executive Committee to begin the search for a replacement next week.

Norenberg said the staff will keep the organization running until a replacement has been chosen.

“We have a good, strong staff and we won’t miss a lead if it comes to us,” he said.

“Team Lorain County is the major catalyst for economic development in the county.”

He said the organization’s leadership still needs to figure out what qualities it wants to see in the next Team Lorain County president.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.