Richard Wiley, a longtime economic development executive at Duke Energy, is the new director of business recruitment for the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Wiley is certainly not a new face at Commerce, however. He worked with the department in 2007 as a senior advisor to Commerce Secretary Jim Fain. Wiley retired at Duke Energy in 2006, ending a 34-year career at the firm.

“Richard’s extensive public and private sector experience, his proven leadership skills, personal relationships and knowledge of economic development make him an outstanding choice for this role,” Fain said in a statement. “I believe that he will serve the Commerce Department and North Carolina well, and will be a real asset in our continuing efforts to increase the number of well-paying, top-quality jobs in our state.”

North Carolina has been aggressive in its recruitment of new companies as well as expansion programs for existing firms in the state. Tony Copeland, an assistant secretary in the department who focused on business recruitment, resigned recently to take a job in the private sector.

“At a time when the national economy may be slowing, North Carolina faces a number of challenges, but also has some great opportunities for the future,” Wiley said in a statement. “I look forward to working with state, regional and local colleagues to bring new jobs and investments to the state.”

Wiley has been actively involved in economic development groups, including the N.C. Economic Developers Association, the N.C. Agribusiness Council, the Piedmont Triad Regional Partnership and the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.