Chamber Hires Vice President, Property Development
Jessica M.L. Thompson, Communications Coordinator
BOWLING GREEN, KY (May 12, 2008) - R. Marc Elliott, CEcD, AICP has joined the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce as vice president, property development. He will be responsible for managing the business operations of the Inter-Modal Transportation Authority, Inc. and the Bowling Green Area Economic Development Authority, Inc.
James N. Hizer, CEcD anticipates great work from Elliott, who has relocated to Bowling Green from Clark County, Ind., where he served as a consultant to the River Ridge Development Authority. "Marc comes to the Chamber with an outstanding resume. He is a Certified Economic Developer, a designation that demonstrates his capabilities and skills as an economic development professional. With his expertise in industrial, commercial and residential redevelopment, as well as in real estate acquisition, marketing, sales, and property management, Marc will be an integral part of our leadership team and a valuable asset to the ITA and EDA."
Hizer added, "With the addition of Marc, the Chamber boasts more than 60 years of economic development experience combined, thereby enhancing our proven track record and increasing our effectiveness to recruit more business to the South Central Kentucky region."
Aside from his CEcD designation from the International Economic Development Council, Elliott has been a Certified Planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1978, and he became a Certified Community Development Grant Manager by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in urban planning and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from Ball State University. He has also completed 17 hours of real estate studies at Eastern Kentucky University.
Elliott was the executive director of the River Ridge Development Authority in Clark County, Ind., for eight years prior to assuming a consulting role for the organization in January 2008. While executive director, some of his key accomplishments were acquiring 3,000 acres of real estate from the U.S. Army for use as a site for the River Ridge Commerce Center, managing the leases of more than 40 tenants and managing the care and maintenance of 6,000 acres of real estate, selling 250 acres of real estate for the development of 1.2 million square feet of new industrial building space, and creating 13 new development sites.
Prior to joining the River Ridge Development Authority, Elliott was the director of the Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment in Terre Haute, Ind., for nearly 20 years and was a community development project manager for GRW Engineers in Lexington, Ky.
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. As one of only 336 chambers nationwide to be accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,300 partners. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.