Owensboro, Kentucky- November 14, 2018 – Brittaney Johnson has been hired as President/CEO of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation. Johnson will begin her role with the organization on December 17th, 2018.
Johnson comes to Owensboro having previously served as the Executive Director of the Posey County, Indiana, Economic Development Partnership. Brittaney earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville and is a graduate of Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute where she completed advanced coursework focusing on business retention & expansion, marketing, and real estate development. Johnson was honored by The Tristate Business Journal with their “Top 20 Under 40 Award” this year. Prior to serving in her economic development capacity in Posey County, Johnson served as the Posey County Director for the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Brittaney and her husband Matt have two daughters, six-year old Amelia and three-year old Ellie.
“Brittaney’s well-rounded background as an economic developer aligns well with the strategic plan our organization is currently working to accomplish. Her efforts to create career pathways from high school into industry, recruit young professionals to move back home after college, utilize the river assets to their maximum potential, and her passion for marketing a community, match much of what our stakeholders told us they wanted in the next leader of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation. She is not simply an industrial recruiter, she is a true economic developer in every sense of the word. Brittaney was identified early on in our executive search process as a rising star in the economic development profession by our search firm consultants. Brittaney’s energy is infectious, and we feel she will be a perfect fit in the community,” said Wade Jenkins, Chairman of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation.
“Having visited Owensboro many times in my life, I look forward to being part of the team that continues to create an impact in the community. It is very exciting and rewarding to positively impact the lives of citizens we may never even meet. Economic Development doesn’t feel like “work,” it’s fun, and exciting, making an impact big or small is incredibly rewarding. My experiences and education have prepared me for this position and I cannot wait to start collaborating with the many stakeholders who can help GOEDC succeed in making a difference. Owensboro is a perfect place to raise our children and we look forward to being a part of the Owensboro community!” said Brittaney Johnson, President/CEO of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation.
Johnson’s experience and accomplishments includes the following which correlate with the strategic plan the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation is currently undertaking:
- Spearheaded the design of advanced manufacturing pathways from the public schools to local industries focusing on welding & fabricating and process operator certificates
- Collaborated frequently with the Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon to attract new prospects to their 500+ acre river site and assist existing companies expansions. The Ports of Indiana-Mt. Vernon is the 6th largest inland port in the nation at 6 million tons of cargo annually moving through the port. Coal, soybean meal, soybean oil, ethanol, dried distillers’ grain, corn, wheat, fertilizer, minerals and cement are primary cargoes.
- Landed an $80 million expansion of Virginia headquartered BWXT, a manufacturer of heavy components for naval nuclear reactors used in submarines and aircraft carriers located on 100 acres on the Ohio River.
- Worked with a focus group of young professionals to implement programs to attract young professionals back to Posey County after graduating college which led to TIF (Tax Increment Financing) funds to entice residential developers to build single family homes and market rate housing in the community to address a lack of housing options for young professionals.
- Developed the “Tour of Opportunity” program by which high school sophomores visit local companies to learn about one of the following four career paths in an effort to expose them to local job opportunities so they return to the community after college or technical training:
- Manufacturing & Engineering
- Health services
- Law (public safety, probation services, legal jobs, etc.)
- Collaborated to build a virtual mapping system of a 971-acre site that has multiple land owners, adjacent to the Vectren electric power plant with virtual utility lines, rail infrastructure, etc. to show various options of developing the site.