Sharla Austin-Darnell has been hired as the new Existing Industry Manager at the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp. Prior to coming to EDC, Austin-Darnell served as the Existing Industry Manager at the Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corp., where she served as the Interim-President since February. Prior to working in economic development, she has served as the Executive Director for the Madisonville-Hopkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has a bachelor’s degree from Murray State University and is currently working toward a master’s degree at Murray State.
"Sharla brings several years of experience in working with existing businesses and has run a quality program in Madisonville," said EDC President/ CEO Nick Brake. "She has worked closely with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and understands many of the issues that impact economic development. She will fit in well with the existing team at the EDC."
Madison Silvert will assume the title of Executive Vice President while continuing to serve as the director of the Emerging Ventures Center and coordinating EDC efforts in high tech development and entrepreneurship. Becky McCubbins will continue to work with marketing and new business development and assume the title of New Business Development Manager.
Jennifer Wright, the EDC Executive Vice President, who handled the existing industry program since November 2007, is relocating to Savannah, GA, where her husband has accepted a job.