Daviess County farmer and agri-businessman Rod Kuegel will take over duties as Chairman of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation next week. Kuegel succeeds Darrell Higginbotham, the Daviess County President of Independence Bank, who served as EDC Chair since 2007.
Kuegel is excited to take over as chair and recognizes the contributions of Higginbotham in leading the organization through its current strategic plan which greatly expanded the scope of the region's economic development efforts. "I am taking over the role of chair at a time when the EDC is well positioned for the future thanks to the leadership and accomplishments of Darrell during the two and a half years he served as chair," he said.
"From the revitalization of downtown to our work in supporting existing businesses and new entrepreneur-based startups, I anticipate much of that work will begin to pay dividends with private investment in the coming years," said Kuegel.
Higginbotham said it has been an honor to serve as chair of the EDC Board during such an exciting time. "I am most proud of the fact that whatever the issue the tenor of conversation and actions taken by the EDC board and staff have always been about what is in the best interest of moving this region forward. I have been blessed to serve with a committed and engaged board. Our EDC staff is truly one of the best in the state."
EDC President/ CEO Nick Brake said Kuegel is the eighth chair of the organization in the 17 years in which the private sector has provided leadership at the board level. Kuegel is the first board chair from the agriculture sector of the economy.