(502) 227-9653 |

Board of Directors and Staff

Bob Helton

Bob Helton

Chair

Bob Helton serves as a Development Specialist at AppHarvest.

Brett Traver

Brett Traver

Chair-Elect

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

 

Amanda Davenport

Amanda Davenport

Secretary-Treasurer

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

John Bevington

John Bevington

Immediate Past-Chair

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

Danny Isaacs

Danny Isaacs

Director

Danny Isaacs serves as a Regional Economic Development Consultant at TVA.

Sierra J. Enlow

Sierra J. Enlow

Director

Sierra J. Enlow serves as a Consultant at McGuire Sponsel.

Kimberly Rossetti

Kimberly Rossetti

Director

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

Gina Greathouse

Gina Greathouse

Director

Gina Greathouse serves as Executive Vice President, Economic Development at Commerce Lexington, Inc.

Ivy Stanley

Ivy Stanley

Director

Ivy Stanley serves as Director of Regional Development at One East Kentucky.

Brittaney Johnson

Brittaney Johnson

Director

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

Haley McCoy

Haley McCoy

Director

Haley McCoy serves as Executive Director of Economic Development at KCTCS.

Amanda Clark

Amanda Clark

Director

Amanda Clark serves as Manager of External Relations at Kentucky Power.

Josh Tubbs

Josh Tubbs

Director

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

Commissioner Jeff Taylor

Commissioner Jeff Taylor

Ex-Officio Director

Jeff Taylor serves as Commissioner of Business Development at the 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.

Clay Snowden

Clay Snowden

Manager of Membership Operations

Clay Snowden serves as Manager of Membership Operations at the Kentucky Association for Economic Development.