E. Roy Budd is executive director of Energize-ECI, a regional nonprofit economic development entity for east central Indiana. Energize-ECI is a collaborative organization for eight counties (Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Rush, and Wayne) and the city of Anderson. The organization coordinates and facilitates local economic development, workforce issues, and federal grants to enhance the region’s economic development.
Prior to joining Energize-ECI in 2004, Budd was the founder of Solutions Inc., a consulting firm located in Boston, dealing with workforce and economic development issues for nonprofit organizations. He is the former president and chief executive officer of Opportunity Inc. of Hampton Roads, Virginia’s largest workforce development program. Budd’s responsibilities included strategic planning, board management, resource and grant development in a $17.5 million program. He also initiated several new programs for military spouses, incumbent workers’ career ladders, and industry cluster/sector development for key industry groups in the region. Prior to joining Opportunity Inc., Budd was the executive director of the Peninsula Workforce Development Center for Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, one of the first workforce development centers in Virginia.
Budd has published articles on workforce and economic development for several national and regional publications such as the Economic Development Review and Jobs for the Future Nationals WINS Project. He has been active in grant development, having been awarded grants for workforce development totaling more than $25 million by the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. He currently advises and consults with private and public sector clients on board management issues, grant development, strategic planning, and workforce development.
Budd holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master of arts in economics from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also holds a master of business education from Virginia State University. Budd is a certified master consultant from Business Retentions and Expansion International (BREI) and holds a certification from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
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