Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher appoints new executive director to the Small Business Advocacy Commission
Ken Robinson will oversee the commission beginning November 1
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Gene Strong announced today that Ken Robinson has been named executive director of the Small Business Advocacy Commission.
“Ken Robinson will be an exceptional addition in his new position as executive director of the Small Business Advocacy Commission,” said Governor Fletcher. “I look forward to working with him as we work toward creating more opportunities for Kentucky’s small business community to grow and succeed.”
Robinson, who helped create and lead Evansville, Indiana’s regional economic development organization Vision-E over the last 15 years, will start November 1, 2005.
“I am looking forward to becoming part of one of the finest economic development teams in the country and offering my assistance and leadership to the cabinet and commission in their efforts to make small businesses in Kentucky the most competitive in the nation,” said Ken Robinson. “This is a great opportunity to help a sector of the economy so vital in the growth of jobs and investment for the entire commonwealth.”
Governor Fletcher recently announced the reorganization of the commission, which promotes collaboration between state agencies and the small business community to maximize the success of these businesses. Administrative functions of the commission were moved from the Governor’s Office to the Cabinet for Economic Development.
Prior to serving as executive director for Vision-E, Robinson led the Butler County, Ohio Department of Economic Development and served as city planner and development officer for Cincinnati. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning and holds an Economic Development Finance Professional Certificate from the National Development Council.
“Ken’s valuable experience in organizational management, partnership building, business recruitment and expansion and small business development made him the perfect candidate for this position,” said Secretary Strong. “I am confident that Ken will do an outstanding job in his new capacity and will help the commission achieve a more prominent and effective role.”
Robinson is also a current member of the American Planning Association and the International Economic Development Council and is the past president of the Tri-State World Trade Council.
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The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and new investment in the state. New business investment in Kentucky in 2004 totaled nearly $2.3 billion with the creation of just over 16,500 new jobs. Information on available development sites, workforce training, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other resources is available at www.thinkkentucky.com.