JREDC narrows presidential search to six candidates

By Ryne Turke on February 19, 2016 at 12:33pm

The Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation is two months into the search process of finding its next president of operations.

President Terry Denison announced his retirement at the end of 2015 after 10 years of service. By request from the JREDC board of directors, Denison agreed to stay on as president until February 29th.

Denison says the search committee has narrowed the list of potential candidates to six individuals.

“They have conducted a nationwide search and will be getting interviews with them over the next several weeks. They want to make sure they are getting the right candidate for the job, so they are not putting a time limit on it.”

Denison says the JREDC is looking to hire someone with five to ten years of experience in the economic development field.

“They need to be aware of the loan programs, job training programs and what is going on at a state and national level. We need them to go out and recruit industries to come to our community. We need to make sure they contact our existing programs as well to make sure everything is alright with them.”

After Denison officially steps down at the end of the month, Vice President Bonni Waters will step in on an interim basis. Denison has “all the faith in the world” that Waters will do a great job.

Denison hopes the next president picks up where he left off and makes the Morgan and Scott County regions a better place.