The Robertson County Economic Development Board (RCEDB) has selected Vonda Gates to succeed retiring Chief Economic Development Officer, Margot Fosnes. Gates has been the Director of Business Development with the Clarksville-Montgomery County IDB since February, 2019.
“Our board is pleased to welcome Vonda Gates to lead our economic development efforts going forward. Vonda has a background in the agricultural community making her a great fit for our county. She already has relationships with our key regional partners which will give her a head start in representing and promoting Robertson County,” said Caleb Fuqua, Chair of the RCEDB.
Ms. Gates will begin work on November 1, 2022, working closely with Fosnes to create a smooth transition leading to Fosnes’ retirement on December 31. Fosnes has been the chief economic development officer for Robertson County since May, 2010. Gates will lead the business recruitment, retention and site development efforts of the RCEDB and oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization, teaming with assistant director, Sarah Warren, who will focus on tourism and workforce development.
“The perfect combination of small-town charm and a dynamic business environment positions Robertson County for boundless opportunities. I am thrilled to join this team and to promote the standout qualities for others to explore,” said Gates.
The RCEDB is tasked with attracting new business and industry to Robertson County, supporting the expansion and retention of existing employers, encouraging the development of tourism as an economic driver, and working to enhance the economic competitiveness of our community. Its nine-member board is appointed to six-year, rotating terms by the Robertson County Commission. Board members are chosen for their business, development and finance expertise and geographical representation of all areas of Robertson County.
Before joining the Clarksville-Montgomery County IDB, Gates was the associate director of the Southwestern Kentucky Economic Development Council, having served in various roles with the organization since 2005.
A native of the Hopkinsville, KY area, Gates is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and has graduated from both the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute and TVA’s Rural Leadership Institute.
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