The Author

Larry Moolenaar is a life-long economic developer with more than 25 years of experience in business recruitment, strategic planning, community development, project management and small business development.

Mr. Moolenaar worked as a Senior Project manager for Atlanta-based Georgia Power Company’s Economic and Community Development Department where he: directed and managed corporate relocation projects, implemented the national marketing plan, prepared comparative location and site selection studies, and executed the company’s small business development program.

As a Business Consultant for the University of South Carolina’s Small Business Development Center, Larry provided managerial and technical assistance to small businesses, developed business plans and secured financing for both existing and pre-venture companies in the Charleston, SC area.

In Newberry, SC, Larry directed the activities of the Newberry Chamber of Commerce, the Newberry Development Board, Visitor’s Center and the Downtown Development Association. He assisted community leaders develop and implement an economic and community development strategy, which resulted in a new industrial park that attracted five international companies in five years. Larry was recognized by the South Carolina House of Representatives for his economic development leadership in Newberry County, resulting in $190 million in new investments, 1,500 jobs, $1 million in infrastructure grants, $10.2 million in voter-approved capital projects and a 72-room hotel on the square in downtown Newberry.

Larry’s next stop was Lenoir County, NC where he served as the County’s economic developer and was responsible for industrial recruitment, plant expansion, business retention and small business development. While in Lenoir County, Larry completed an industrial site feasibility study and initiated a county-wide strategic planning process. He also developed incentive policies for relocating and expanding companies.

As Executive Director of the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments in New Bern, NC, Mr. Moolenaar managed a nine-county regional development organization that provided human, planning and economic development services to 62 local governments and more than 600,000 residents. The Council’s services included strategic planning, grant writing, grant administration, community planning, senior services, transportation planning and a variety of other consulting services. During this period, Larry’s interaction with local elected officials and economic developers generated the idea for Magnetic Communities.

Mr. Moolenaar earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from West Georgia University in Carrollton, GA and a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Larry is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute in Norman, OK.