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 degree in corporate and organizational communication and minored in marketing. Sidney is currently enrolled in graduate school at Union College, working toward a master's degree in digital marketing and communications management. Sidney has also achieved her certification in basic Economic Development from KIED and is a graduate of the Leadership Owensboro Class of 2019.

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, a native of Owensboro, is the Manager of Business Retention and Expansion at the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation. She is a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College where she obtained her degree in Communications, and Western Kentucky University where she completed her Masters in Public Administration in 2016. Prior to her time at the EDC, she served as the Executive Director of the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center in Owensboro.  

Elizabeth is an active member of the Junior League of Owensboro, Impact 100 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, the Owensboro Sister Cities and Regions Board and was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin in 2016 to the board of directors for the Kentucky Arts Council. Elizabeth was named a Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 honoree in 2017 and is a graduate of the Leadership Owensboro Class of 2019. 

Elizabeth enjoys cultivating relationships with our existing industries and sharing with others in our community about their local economic impact. She looks forward to assisting them with their business needs and watching them and the Owensboro community grow.