Monday, March 28, 2011

Joe Berry appointed to EDC Downtown Development position

The Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation announces the appointment of Joe Berry as Project Manager for Downtown Development. Berry’s role will be to coordinate all private investment efforts specific to downtown Owensboro.

Berry has worked as an economic and community development planner for the past two years at the Green River Area Development District. At GRADD he managed small business projects through the $2.5 million revolving loan fund. He also administered funding to the region through Community Development Block Grants and from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.

“Joe Berry represents the profile of the kind of young professional we are attracting to this region with our efforts to revitalize downtown,” said Nick Brake, EDC President/CEO. “His enthusiasm and experience in working closely with economic development projects will take our private investment efforts to the next level.”

Mr. Berry was born and raised in Owensboro, a graduate of Owensboro High School. He is currently a downtown resident.

He holds a Master of Public Administration from Western Kentucky University and an undergraduate degree from Transylvania University. He is certified in Economic Development Finance and is a graduate of the Kentucky Institute for Economic Development. His employment will begin on April 18.

“It is certainly an exciting time for downtown and economic development overall in our community,” said Berry. “I am delighted to join the team of professionals at the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation and I look forward to working with the next phase of our master plan in attracting private investment to match and exceed the commitment of public funds downtown.”


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