Ronnie Bryant, an economic developer with more than 20 years of experience, is the new president and chief executive officer of the Charlotte Regional Partnership.

Bryant’s hiring was announced on Wednesday. He assumes his duties on Aug. 1.

“The Charlotte Regional Partnership has an excellent national reputation, and I look forward to working with the entire region and our state allies in North and South Carolina,” Bryant said at a news conference today at the Partnership’s offices. “I am committed to working with and listening closely to these allies to seek ways we can move the region forward. I pledge today that I will be passionate and committed to promoting Charlotte USA.”

Charlotte USA is the group’s branding initiative.

Bryant replaces Michael Almond, who retired in April after five years on the job.

The Charlotte Regional Partnership is a nonprofit public/private economic development organization created in 1991.

Bryant, 50, has more than 23 years of managerial and economic development experience, including stints with the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and the St. Louis Regional Commerce & growth Association. He will serve as chair of the International Economic Development Council in 2006-7.

“Ronnie Bryant was our No. 1 choice in a field of outstanding candidates, and we are delighted to welcome him and his family to Charlotte,” said former Charlotte Partnership chairman Michael Mayer. “His proven track record in implementing successful economic development programs will prove invaluable in leading this organization and helping the Charlotte region win the battle for good jobs and capital investment.”

Marshall Larsen of Goodrich Corp., who took over as the chair of the Charlotte partnership on June 30, said Bryant’s hiring “sends a clear message to our public and private partners, as well to the community at large. We are absolutely focused on economic development and marketing the region, and we are confident that Ronnie has the experience and skills to help the region compete as a global business center.”

Charlotte Partnership: www.charlotteusa.com