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Board of Directors and Staff

John Bevington

John Bevington

Chair

John Bevington serves as Director of Business & Economic Development at LG&E and KU.

Bob Helton

Bob Helton

Vice-Chair

Bob Helton serves as a Development Specialist at AppHarvest.

Brett Traver

Brett Traver

Secretary Treasurer

Brett Traver serves as Executive Director of the Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation.

 

Tim Gibbs

Tim Gibbs

Past-Chair

Tim Gibbs serves as the President & CEO of the Ashland Alliance.

Kimberly Rossetti

Kimberly Rossetti

Director

Kimberly Rossetti serves as the Vice President of Economic Development at Northern Kentucky Tri-ED.

Sierra J. Enlow

Sierra J. Enlow

Director

Sierra J. Enlow joined the economic development team at Louisville Forward in February of 2017 as an economic development manager focusing on Business Services.

Sierra grew up on a multiple-generation family farm in LaRue County and attended the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture where she received undergraduate degrees in Community & Leadership Development and Agriculture Economics. Sierra completed her Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics in 2012, also at the University of Kentucky.

Sierra is looking forward to continuing to strengthening Louisville Forward’s economic development success through KAED and Kentucky United.

Amanda Davenport

Amanda Davenport

Director

Amanda Davenport serves as the Executive Director of the Lake Barkley Partnership for Economic Development.

Gina Greathouse

Gina Greathouse

Director

Gina Greathouse serves as the Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Commerce Lexington Inc. (also known as the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce). Ms. Greathouse manages a team of super stars who work to make Lexington a great place to locate, expand or grow a business. As an economic development professional, her goal is to encourage new job growth and better opportunities for the citizens living in the Bluegrass.

Ivy Stanley

Ivy Stanley

Director

Ivy Stanley serves as Project Manager at One East Kentucky.

Josh Tubbs

Josh Tubbs

Director

Josh Tubbs serves as President & CEO of Kentucky Lake Economic Development.

Brittaney Johnson

Brittaney Johnson

Director

Brittaney Johnson serves as President & CEO of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation.

Lucas Witt

Lucas Witt

Director

Lucas Witt serves as Co-Founder and Partner at MWM Consulting.

Commissioner Jeff Taylor

Commissioner Jeff Taylor

Ex-Officio Director

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Matthew Tackett

Matthew Tackett

President/CEO

Matt Tackett, a native of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, serves as President and CEO of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED), a multi-business economic development membership organization. Appointed in October 2017, Matt is leading KAED through an administrative and programmatic reimagination as the Association creates strategic platforms designed to enhance professional capacity and to assist, analyze, and accelerate economic development in the Commonwealth. Within the KAED portfolio, Matt has spearheaded a multi-million dollar grant-making program, a global marketing platform, research and legislative initiatives, and a COVID recovery and resilience project designed to amplify economic success in the Commonwealth. Prior to KAED, Matt served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Gas Association, where he created a holistic membership service portfolio which included legislative affairs, workforce development initiatives, and legal services. Matt has served in federal grant programs, the Office of the Governor of Kentucky, and is the owner of a consulting firm which has focused on economic advocacy and governmental affairs. Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Matthew Tackett

Matthew Tackett

President/CEO

Matt Tackett, a native of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, serves as President and CEO of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED), a multi-business economic development membership organization. Appointed in October 2017, Matt is leading KAED through an administrative and programmatic reimagination as the Association creates strategic platforms designed to enhance professional capacity and to assist, analyze, and accelerate economic development in the Commonwealth. Within the KAED portfolio, Matt has spearheaded a multi-million dollar grant-making program, a global marketing platform, research and legislative initiatives, and a COVID recovery and resilience project designed to amplify economic success in the Commonwealth. Prior to KAED, Matt served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Gas Association, where he created a holistic membership service portfolio which included legislative affairs, workforce development initiatives, and legal services. Matt has served in federal grant programs, the Office of the Governor of Kentucky, and is the owner of a consulting firm which has focused on economic advocacy and governmental affairs. Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.