HENDERSON, Ky. (1/15/14) - December was a month of change for both Henderson’s Chamber of Commerce and North West Kentucky Forward with a major merger hoping to ignite opportunity in the western Kentucky area.
Kentucky Network for Development, Leadership and Engagement Inc. or Kyndle, launched in Henderson in December, connecting not only Henderson County but also Union, Webster and McLean counties.
Kyndle took more than a year to merge into what it is now; overlapping business leaders from four counties and exploring different models to create a prototype. Henderson Chamber of Commerce President Brad Schneider and other leaders and volunteers finally voted on modeling the organization after a program in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to create a goal to support businesses and lead economic development in western Kentucky.
“We’re pulling things together to become more efficient and unified,” said Schneider, acting president of Kyndle.
Kyndle’s name reflects its sincerity to embark on positive changes in the region, according to Schneider.
“(It’s about) sparking success and igniting opportunity,” said Schneider.
County lines are blurred in this particular part of Kentucky and Kyndle hopes to work together as a region to attract new industry
and maintain existing businesses and to “get a lot more done”, according to Schneider.
“If one good company comes to the region, it benefits all counties,” said Schneider.
Kyndle also recently filled two key positions on its staff. Margaret Ridley, former project manager in Commerce Lexington’s economic development division, was named Kyndle’s vice president of business support. Also, Wes Rucks, former digital content producer for the Scripps Digital Division at the Evansville Courier and Press, was named Kyndle’s vice president of communications.
SurfKY News Lead Reporter
Photos provided by Henderson Chamber of Commerce
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