Brittaney Johnson President/CEO

Brittaney joined GOEDC, December 2018. 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.

Brittaney comes to Owensboro having previously served as the Executive Director of the Posey County, Indiana, Economic Development Partnership. Johnson was honored by The Tristate Business Journal with their “Top 20 Under 40 Award” in 2018, Posey County Young Professional of the year 2017, Elks Citizen of the Year 2017, Kiwanis Presidential Award 2015. 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, Amelia and Ellie.

Sidney Riney Manager, Business Office and Communications

Sidney Riney is the Business Office and Communications Manager at GOEDC. She is a graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School and Western Kentucky University where she earned a bachelor’s in corporate and organizational communication and a minor in marketing. Sidney has also achieved her certification in basic Economic Development from KIED. She is 2019 Leadership Owensboro graduate and a member of Chamber Young Professionals.

Growing up, Sidney has been involved with the community of Owensboro through her work on the family farm, known as Riney Farms, by being a vendor of the Owensboro Regional Farmers' Market for the past several years. She is also a board member of the Owensboro Regional Farmers' Market. Sidney completed an internship in Owensboro with 92.5 WBKR, where she received the opportunity to converse with more citizens around the tristate. She enjoys being involved in community development and hearing stories that the people of Owensboro have to share.

Elizabeth Griffith Manager, Business Retention and Expansion

Elizabeth Griffith has been the Executive Director of the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center since June 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communication arts from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Master of Public Administration from Western Kentucky University, where she was named the 2016 WKU Potter College for Arts and Letters Outstanding Graduate Student of the MPA Program.

Ms. Griffith is a 2017 Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 honoree and is a graduate of the Leadership Owensboro Class of 2019. She is an active member of Impact 100 Owensboro, the Junior League of Owensboro, the Women’s Guild of Owensboro and Chamber Young Professionals. She is a board member of Impact 100 Next Generation, the KET Friends Board, and was appointed by the Governor in 2016 to the board of directors for the Kentucky Arts Council.

Ashley Harris Intern

Ashley Harris is an undergraduate student completing courses through the Kentucky Community Technical College System (KCTCS). She is currently interning with The Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation to gain experience and further her education.  

In 2017, Ashley and her husband moved from Florida to Owensboro, KY. Together, they have 4 children. Ashley plans to graduate in May 2021 with an associate's degree in applied science as well as an associate's degree in arts. After graduation, Ashley plans to transfer to Western Kentucky University where she will study to earn her bachelor’s degree in business.   

Ashley is originally from a small town in Massachusetts and has not left that small-town vibe behind. She enjoys the little things in life such as drawing, hiking and most importantly, spending time and creating memories with her family.