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Northern Kentucky Tri-ED Appoints Jacob Edmonds as Organization’s First Director of Business Growth


The Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) announced that Jacob Edmonds has been promoted to Director of Business Growth, a newly created position at the company.

In his new role, Edmonds will develop and implement an economic development lead generation strategy that will attract new resource-based businesses to Northern Kentucky. This position leads business expansion and attraction efforts through a targeted industry approach with custom data analysis and lead development driving economic growth. He will also conduct research on opportunities for new business leads and keep abreast of economic development, business and industry trends.

“Targeted business growth is one of the initiatives we are launching following the success of our Build + Elevate NKY investor campaign,” said Lee Crume, President and CEO of Tri-ED. “As we considered launching this new job, Jacob’s history with Tri-ED and his expertise with the Northern Kentucky business community made him ideal for the new role.”

Jacob Edmonds (NKY Tri-ED photo form)

Edmonds will continue to play a key role on the economic development team led by Vice President Kimberly Rossetti.

“Jacob has taken on increasing responsibilities and helped launch the Target Industry Study earlier this year, tracking Northern Kentucky businesses by industry and sub-industry,” Rossetti said. “He will build on this work in his new role by identifying key business data to generate prospect profiles that align with and support Northern Kentucky target industries.”

Edmonds joined Tri-ED in 2018 as an Economic Development Specialist managing Tri-ED’s Sites and Buildings portal via Zoom Prospector, RFI responses and community data sources. He holds a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on community and economic development from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Kentucky University. He is a member of the Young Professionals Advisory Committee of the International Council for Economic Development (ICED).

Earlier this year, Tri-ED launched the Build + Elevate NKY campaign and, on July 1, began working on four key initiatives in addition to its core economic development work.

• Data-driven community decision-making
• Enable Northern Kentucky Port Authority
• Provide customized workforce solutions
• Targeted business growth

Tri-ED announced in February that more than 40 companies had invested and that 66% of the campaign’s fundraising goal of $4.5 million had been raised. To learn more about Build + Elevate NKY, visit be-nky.com.

In January, a Target industry analysis by EY revealed that Northern Kentucky led job creation in Kentucky from 2015 to 2020. The analysis showed significant job growth in four target industries: advanced manufacturing, information technology , life sciences and supply chain management and support services. The jobs and capital expenditures announced in 2021 complement the employment growth the region experienced from 2015 to 2019.

Since its founding in 1987, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED has successfully led the relocation or expansion efforts of 746 commercial projects, representing over 71,800 primary industry jobs created with a capital investment of over $9 billion. of dollars.

Tri-ED is governed by a twenty-three member Board of Directors, made up of business and community leaders, who are unpaid volunteers. Boone, Campbell and Kenton County Tax Courts each appoint members to the Board of Directors.

Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation