Decker a big win for Rutherford County

Jan. 06, 2013 @ 06:15 AM

While the dust has already settled on another election season and offices from Raleigh to Rutherfordton are filled, an announcement this week gave Rutherford County a big win.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday the appointment of Rutherford County resident Sharon Decker as the new Secretary of Commerce for the state.

Decker comes to the position with a wealth of experience including, the CEO of the Tanner Company, creator of the non-profit Tapestry Group and 17 years of experience with Duke Power Company, now Duke Energy.

While with Duke, Decker became the youngest and first female vice president in the history of the company.

Her work with Duke led to the creation of its 24-hour customer service center, which is an aspect of the company that continues to serve as a model for the industry.

After her tenure with Duke Power, Decker became the founding president of The Lynnwood Foundation, a foundation created to restore the Duke Mansion in Charlotte as a conference center.

In 1998, Decker served as the chair of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and was later named the Woman of the Year in Charlotte.

The state's Commerce Department is responsible for not only business and industrial development, but also for tourism, film promotion, small business assistance, workforce development and community development.

With one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, Rutherford County can benefit in a big way by having one of its own heading the Commerce Department.

The Rutherford County Commission has elected to make economic development and job creation one of its top priorities in 2013 and now they have some real leverage behind that initiative.

With Decker serving in the governor's cabinet as well as other elected leaders serving in Raleigh that have achieved significant positions within their respective bodies, the region along with Rutherford County now should have a serious voice in state government and policy creation.

We congratulate Decker on her appointment and wish her the best of luck in Raleigh.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board


The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark