Indiana's Great Southwest President Selected Again to North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers List for 2016

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Greg Wathen is selected for the second year to the North America's Top 50 Economic Developers list compiled by Consultant Connect.

Greg Wathen

Greg Wathen, APR President & CEO Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana

Indiana's Great Southwest is on the cusp of transformative growth and it's due to a common shared vision.

Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, announces its 2016 list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers which includes Greg Wathen, President & CEO of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana. The economic development professionals selected for this list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.    

“This annual list recognizing North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers is designed to acknowledge the hard work of the top leaders in this field and elevate the conversation around economic development and job creation,” said Ron Kitchens, managing partner of Consultant Connect. “Each of the leaders represented on this year’s list are beyond deserving of this recognition for their efforts in building our communities brick by brick and job by job.”

This makes the second year in a row that Wathen has been selected. Since March of 2007, Wathen has lead the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana from a fledgling public-private partnership to the national brand of Indiana’s Great Southwest. The Coalition promotes the region’s assets to a global marketplace for business attraction and retention helping garner over $2.8 billion in investment creating 3,568 jobs; and, has helped the region gain approximately $74 million in state and federal grants for capacity building.

Most recently Wathen successfully spearheaded the state-wide effort for the Evansville region to be named one of Indiana’s first Regional Cities, a designation that will receive $42 million for talent attracting projects.

Each of the top 50 economic developers will be featured on the weekly podcast, From The Ground Up: North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers where Wathen and other industry leaders will share their expertise in the field of economic development and leadership insights they’ve learned along the way. The podcast is scheduled to air March 31 at http://consultantconnect.org/category/econdev-podcast/. "It is an honor to be named to this prestigious list, but as any good economic developer knows, it takes many hands to change the landscape of communities," said Greg Wathen, President & CEO of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana. "Indiana's Great Southwest is on the cusp of transformative growth and it's due to a common shared vision."

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