Kentucky man gets CEP job

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Chamber, Economic Development groups united

Following a national search, Doug Cone, chairman of the Ocala/Marion Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP) announced the selection of Kevin T. Sheilley as CEP’s first President and CEO.
Cone said, “Sheilley’s prior and current experience uniquely qualifies him for leadership of this new organization.”
The search committee, chaired by Kevin McDonald, The McDonald Agency included members of the CEP Transition Board, Amy Mangan, Progress Energy; Bob Little, Regions Bank; Frank Hennessey, Hennessey Arabians; Dave Fechtman, Root Theory Advisors; Cory Pool, Jenkins Acura, Mazda, Hyundai and Doug Cone, Cone Distribution, Inc.
McDonald said, “Sheilley has an extensive background with both Chamber and Economic Development organizations and brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm. The search included highly qualified applicants from all over the country and we could not be more excited with the outcome. We are delighted he has accepted the position as CEO and we look forward his arrival in early December.”
Sheilley said, ““I am a big proponent of combining the efforts of chambers and economic development organizations. The formation of the CEP affords the community a focused, effective and efficient entity to advance our local economy.” Sheilley currently serves as the President/CEO of Northwest Kentucky Forward (NWKF), where he was hired to form a multi county regional economic development entity that includes Henderson, Union, Webster and McLean counties.
New and expanding employers announced more than 2200 new or retained jobs
Implemented an entrepreneurial initiative, including an incubator, leading to the creation of more than 100 new businesses and 200 jobs
Named a Top 10 for Manufacturing by Southern Business & Development
Development of an education/workforce development initiative
Named a national pilot region for Stronger Economies Together program by USDA Rural Development
Prior to NWKF, Sheilley served as the Executive Director/CEO of Team Taylor, the economic development agency for Campbellsville and Taylor County, Kentucky. He partnered with nearly a dozen agencies all working in various aspects of community development. Team Taylor County was formed in response to the community’s loss of a major employer which resulted in an unemployment rate approaching 30 percent. From 1999 to 2005, nearly a dozen new primary employers were recruited to the area resulting in:
4000 new jobs for new and expanding industry.
Average weekly wage increased 30 percent.
Per Capita Income growth outpaced the state by a third.
Local occupational tax revenue grew by 67 percent.
Sheilley also oversaw the development of Campbellsville as regional hub, resulting in significant growth in retail, commercial, housing, health care and tourism development.
His experience further includes formation and management of a comprehensive organization including economic development, chamber of commerce, downtown development, minority community development and grant writing.
Sheilley, originally from Louisville, Kentucky is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He and his wife, Lisa are the parents of Trae, 19; David, 11 and Rachel, 9.

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