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Green Bay, Wis.- (Sept. 11, 2018) – The Greater Green Bay Chamber is pleased to announce the hiring of Kelly S. Armstrong as vice president of economic development.
Armstrong’s hiring is the culmination of months of recruitment to find the right candidate to lead not only the activities of Advance, the Chamber’s economic development arm that serves as the focal point and resource center for Brown County businesses and municipalities, but also to oversee the execution of the strategies and key action steps associated with the Greater Green Bay Economic Development Strategic Plan.
“Advance has a 33-year history as ‘the’ economic development resource for the area, something we wish to further in a number of ways related to attraction of new business to the county as well as the expansion and growth of existing businesses,” said Laurie Radke, president of the Greater Green Bay Chamber. “Kelly will direct these ongoing efforts as well as all facets of the community’s economic development plan, tapping her vast experience in economic development.”
Armstrong’s 15+ years of experience in economic development includes most recently serving as the director, sector strategy development, for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). In this capacity, she has led the growth and collaboration in key priority industry clusters including manufacturing; energy, power and control; and supply chain management, among many other responsibilities. She previously served in a variety of economic development roles in Louisville, Ky., including interim director of economic development for Thomas P. Miller & Associates, site selection and economic development consultant for Webster Global Site Selectors; and economic development director for Greater Louisville, Inc. She also worked as an executive director for Community Main Street in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Collectively, these experiences have direct relevance to the Greater Green Bay community’s execution and embracement of the economic development strategic plan. She is well versed in collaborating with all levels of government; spearheading corporate partnerships with a focused approach on economic vitality; leading business and attraction and retention efforts; developing workforce solutions and “has performed other tactics, strategies and relationship-building she will now tap to help elevate Greater Green Bay to the next level in terms of our economic development,” added Radke.
“Kelly’s hiring is the culmination of a very purposeful process the Chamber has participated in to secure the right person with the right skill-set for this role,” said Cynthia Treleven, attorney, Menn Law Firm, Ltd., and Chamber board chairperson. “The timing could not be better as we start a new fiscal year at the Chamber. The Chamber board is excited to see where Kelly’s experience and energy take our economic development strategic plan execution this coming year.”
Armstrong will join the organization Sept. 24 and primarily work out of the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center located at 2701 Larsen Rd., Green Bay. _________________________________________________________________
Established in 1882, the mission of the Greater Green Bay Chamber is to strengthen member businesses by enhancing economic and workforce development, resulting in improved quality of life in our community and region. For more information, call 920.437.8704 or visit greatergbc.org.