Led by member representatives, KAED Committees are the platforms through which the Association’s strategies, best practices, and economic solutions are crafted. The execution of the reimagined KAED membership service portfolio shall be managed within the following Committees;
The Executive Committee is comprised of the Officers of the KAED Board of Directors: Chair, Chair Elect, Secretary Treasurer and the Immediate Past Chair. This group of directors is elected by the membership to act on behalf of and within the powers granted to them under the KAED Bylaws.
Chairman – Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance
Chairman Elect – John Bevington, LG&E and KU
Secretary Treasurer – Bob Helton, Morehead-Rowan County Economic Development Council
Immediate Past Chair – Ron Bunch, Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
Community Development Committee
The KAED Community Development Committee promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality and social justice through the organization, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings. The Committee seeks to empower individuals and groups of people with the skills they need to effect change within their communities.
Education & Professional Development Committee
The mission of the Education & Professional Development Committee is to continually enhance the knowledge and skills of both the economic development practitioners and the stakeholders supporting economic development in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Ethics & Bylaws Committee
The Ethics & Bylaws Committee shall monitor and enforce the Association Bylaws and develop amendments as needed to protect the Association, its officers, and members.
Public Policy Committee
The Public Policy Committee shall identify and evaluate social, political, and related issues that could affect the Association membership. KAED supports pro-growth policies and fiscally responsible measures designed to accelerate Kentucky’s economic momentum, and opposes those that are unfavorable, unduly, or burdensome to the Commonwealth’s economic development.
The mission of the KentuckyUnited Committee is to establish a collaborative partnership amongst economic development professionals to market and promote the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The Past-Chair Caucus serves to keep former KAED leadership involved in the organization, membership, and vision of economic development in Kentucky. This Caucus will meet regularly according to the organizing Chair to discuss issues, serve as a mentorship pathway to those Young in the Profession, and participate in specific events at KAED Conferences.
The Young in the Profession Committee shall enhance networking, mentorship, and educational opportunities for economic development professionals who are newly engaged in their career. The KAED YP Committee shall identify opportunities within KAED and other state/national Associations and will make programming recommendations to the KAED Board of Directors.
Sponsorship & Partnership Committee
The Sponsorship & Partnership Committee shall develop options for corporate, community, and other partners to strategically participate in programming across the KAED membership service portfolio.