Bob Chadwick, president of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, announced that he appointed Dora Cheatham as director of the of the New Castle County Economic Development Council.

Cheatham succeeds Chadwick, who served in the position for 11 years prior to becoming chamber president in May.

Cheatham currently manages the Emerging Enterprise Center, a business incubator and flagship initiative of the council, and will retain those duties as well as serving as the council’s director.

“Dora has done a phenomenal job running the Emerging Enterprise Center. She has boundless energy, tremendous knowledge and a passion for driving business growth. I have enormous confidence in her abilities and I know she will do great work for the council,” said Chadwick.

The New Castle County Economic Development Council is a public/private partnership between the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce and New Castle County government that brings together industry and government leaders to foster responsible economic development and sustainable business growth in New Castle County, while supporting and promoting initiatives to improve quality of life. Current council members include representatives from a number of industries including healthcare, science, manufacturing, banking and construction.

Cheatham brings with her a background in international business development, innovation and marketing; and hopes to be able leverage this experience in her new role.