Board of Directors

Judy McKinney Cherry

Executive Director, Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development

judy-mckinney-cherryJudy McKinney Cherry is currently the Executive Director for the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development in the heart of the Finger Lakes within New York State. Previously, she was principal of New Growth Strategies (NGS), a boutique consulting firm specializing in innovative business strategies for private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Judy is a certified professional economic developer with over 20 years of experience in the combined areas of demography, information technology, Geographic Information Systems, economic development strategy & tactics, community-based services and health-related non-profits.

She is a seasoned professional who is candid, results-driven with a deep industry knowledge and experience. Her understanding of current market practices and perspectives enables NGS to provide tailored solutions based on specific business needs, situations, and culture.

Judy served in the State of Delaware Governor’s Cabinet for six years as Director of Economic Development with responsibility for managing and leveraging over $1b in assets. The Department was responsible for Financing, Workforce, Tourism, Small Business, Technology-based Business, Clusters, and Main Street programs.

She led a team in creating an innovative program to transfer commercializable intellectual property from Fortune 500 firms to the State of Delaware that, when bundled with financing programs, stimulated high technology start-up businesses.

She led the state department to excellence and organizational certification — one of only two state organizations in the United States to achieve this level.She championed the implementation of robust reporting, benchmarks and performance standards, culture of innovation, and business approach including evaluation based on return-on-investment calculations.

She has successful international business development expertise and familiarization of Arab World (Kingdom of Jordan), United Kingdom, France and Belgium and hosted foreign dignitaries from China, Japan, and Taiwan.

Prior to her Senate confirmation, she was a leader in an IT services business for eight years with profit/loss responsibilities for several regional locations.

Public Presentations, Publications & Articles

2009 IEDC Annual Conference, October 2009 “Using Metrics to Steer Resurgence” Reno, Nevada
2009 State Cap & Trade Policy Discussion Reno, Nevada Session Facilitator
2008 SALLIE MAE Announcement
2008 IEDC Annual Conference, October 2008 “Globility/Mobility: Strategies for Going Global” Panel Chair, Charlotte, North Carolina
2008 Area Development Online August/September 2008
2008 European Wind Energy Conference, Side Event Invest In Delaware, Brussels, Belgium April
2007 IEDC Leadership Summit Achieving Optimal Performance for Your Organization Contributing to the Strength, Growth and Vitality of the First State
2007 Economic Development Now, May 2007/ Volume 7/ Issue 10, “Leveraging Patent Donation to Grow Technology-Based Businesses”
2007 Area Development Online/August September
2007 Out & About Magazine/ April 
2007 USA Today “Donated Patents Put To Good Use”, March 18, 2007
2006 & 2008 FELS Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Distinguished Lecturer Series

Notable Affiliations

2010 IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards Judge
2004-2010 International Women’s Forum
2009 IEDC Honorary Awards Committee, Chair
2008 AEDO – Delaware State Department of Economic Development Accreditation
2007-2010 International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Board of Directors
2009 IEDC Economic Recovery & Stimulus Committee – Chair
2002-2009 Diamond State Port Corporation Board of Directors
2002-2009 Delaware Manufacturers Extension Partnership Board
2006-2009 Delaware Science and Technology Council
2003-2008 Delaware Energy Advisory Council
1999-2009 Workforce Investment Board – Performance Committee Chair (1999-2002)
2002-2009 De. State Chamber of Commerce – Partnership Board
2002-2009 Delaware Economic Development Authority – Chair
2008 National Governor’s Association Best Practices – Science & Tech. Investments
2003 Regional SBA award for Small Business Assistance
2003 Girl’s Inc. “She Knows Where She’s Going Award”
2002-2009 Delaware Stadium Corporation Board of Directors
2009-2011 Smyrna Clayton Heritage Association
1996-2002 Arthritis Foundation – Delaware (Chairman of Board 1998-2000)
2001-2002 Arthritis Foundation – National Board of Trustees