New ECD chief for Clarksville-Montgomery County

Vanderbilt grad has led Georgia region's development authority since 2010

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council has hired a Georgia ECD pro with some local connections to be its executive director.

Cal Wray, 35, of Dublin, Ga., will step into his job by March 31. Wray has been with the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority near Macon since mid-2007, first as vice president and then as president since July 2010. He was chosen from a field of more than 60 applicants and will earn $120,000 a year.

“We selected our top candidate, who possessed the most important qualifications for our new Executive Director position,” said Kay Drew, chairman of the EDC. “Cal brings energy and a strong collaborative spirit to our public/private partnership. He has a dynamic personality and his work experiences will be a great asset for the Clarksville-Montgomery County community.”

Wray succeeds James Chavez, who resigned last summer as president and CEO of the EDC to take a job in South Carolina. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and a master's in international affairs from Georgia Tech. His extended family includes a Fort Campbell soldier.

“We look forward to immersing ourselves into Clarksville-Montgomery County as we explore all it has to offer,” Wray said in a statement. “The Clarksville-Montgomery County EDC has accomplished impressive things and I hope to add to, and grow, the endeavors that so many have poured their hearts into. Ultimately, I hope to bring a different perspective to Clarksville and to help form the next wave of innovation in the community.”