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Ashland Alliance CEO Gibbs leaving after 9 years

Economic development veteran taking position in New Mexico
Ashland Alliance CEO Tim Gibbs is leaving after 9 years for a similar position in New Mexico

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland Alliance’s president and CEO Tim Gibbs is leaving to take a similar position in Farmington, New Mexico. The Daily Independent newspaper in Ashland reported the change late last month.

Gibbs has spent 9 1/2 years running the Chamber of Commerce and Regional Economic Development Partnership for the City of Ashland and Boyd and Greenup Counties. He accepted a position with Four Corners Economic Development (4CED), which had conducted a 10-month search.

“It sounds like it’s going to be a great fit, and we wish nothing but the best for him,” said Scott Rigsby, Ashland Alliance’s board chairperson, told The Daily Independent.

Gibbs will start with 4CED on Feb. 26, he said.

“I have nothing but good things to say about the people, the community, the work and what’s even to come,” Gibbs told the newspaper about his time at Ashland Alliance. “… My time has come. It has been a wonderful home.”

Gibbs is working on completing his doctorate at Morehead State University, the newspaper reported. He worked in Aberdeen, Wash., Stillwater, Okla., and  in Colorado prior to Ashland Alliance.

“Everybody on the board appreciates Tim,” Rigsby said. “Tim has always worked hard and tried to do the right things for this region. … We all want the best for him. He’s very bright and very well-versed in economic development.”

Reflecting on nearly a decade atop Ashland Alliance, Gibbs said the community has moved forward by working together.

“You always want to do more, no doubt about that,” Gibbs said. “I’m proud to be a part of this community. It takes great people to do great things, and the Alliance is a big house with a lot of great people.”

Gibbs said there is still work to complete prior to his departure, and he said he plans to work diligently until he concludes his stint in Ashland.

“I’m just grateful to the board, to the members and to the community,” Gibbs said.

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