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KAED awards Corbin’s Carpenter as Community Professional of the Year


Over 150 Economic Development professionals and elected officials from around Kentucky gathered last week in Bowling Green for the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) Annual Fall Conference and Hall of Fame banquet at the University Plaza Hotel Holiday Inn to hear from State leadership and national developers in the field of economic development. Several economic development professionals were recognized for their service to Kentucky during the conference.
The 2012 recipient for the KAED Hall of Fame was Jim Martin. Jim is recently retired as an economic development field representative and project manager for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) working in the Kentucky region since 2005.  The KAED Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the Economic Development profession. Martin was recognized for using his knowledge, expertise and perseverance to make projects work and is noted to be a “can do” person.
Bruce Carpenter, executive director with the Corbin Economic Development Agency, was awarded the James J. Coleman Community Professional of the Year Award. The award was presented by Rodney Hitch, manager for economic development with East Kentucky Power Cooperative. This award recognizes practitioners who have made significant and/or innovative contributions to the field and their service area during the past year.
Roxann Fry, senior economic development consultant with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), was awarded the KAED Allied Professional of the Year award. This award was established to recognize economic development professionals that play a key to any successful location with their help, assistance and expertise they offer in areas such as utilities, job training, construction, education, government and research. These consummate professionals are invaluable in a community’s development efforts and are recognized with this award.
Tom Harned, executive director with the Logan Economic Alliance for Development (LEAD), was awarded the James Norris Gray Award for professional development. Jill Wilson, Vice President of Marketing with Gray Construction made the presentation and commented the award was created to recognize those economic developers who strive to keep abreast of the ever-changing field of economic development. The award is named in honor of James Norris Gray, who was an active economic development practitioner, and whose construction firm, the James N. Gray Company, remains a strong supporter of continuing education and excellence in the economic development field.
KAED is firmly committed to the professional development of its membership and the continued betterment of the organization through the implementation of its strategic plan. The KAED Outstanding Service Award in Honor of the KIDC Founders recognizes those individuals. This year’s recipients were KAED members Kim Huston, Chuck Sexton, Libby Adams, Jody Lassister, Debbie Gray, and Roxann Fry.
The Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) is the state’s premier organization dedicated to promoting and facilitating economic development in the Commonwealth. The membership covers all parts of Kentucky, from rural to urban areas, allowing KAED to provide a broad array of resources and expertise in the field of economic development. The purpose of KAED is to educate, advocate and connect. The KAED staff, board members and committee members/volunteers of KAED are dedicated to providing leadership and a vision to advance economic development professionals and economic development throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.