Sandy Romenesko, executive director of the Mount Sterling-Montgomery County Industrial Authority, received the 2017 Community Economic Development Professional of the Year Award, presented by the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) along with Kentucky’s Touchstone Power Cooperatives.
The award recognizes those who have made significant and/or innovative contributions to the field and their service area during the past year. Award recipients must be a KAED member in good standing and a full-time, community-based practitioner.
Nominees are evaluated on the following: background and experience, innovation, leadership, and economic impact relative to service area.
Romensko has been involved in economic development for 28 years and specifically in Mount Sterling for the past 18 years, where she has made exceptional economic strides.
She represents one of the fastest growing counties. Her many accomplishments include the expansion of the Cooper Standard plant in Mount Sterling, the construction of a speculative building in the Woodlands Industrial Park, which was immediately occupied and has now doubled in size, and the development of an expandable build-ready site, which is only the second such site east of I-75.
Mount Sterling-Montgomery County was one of the first communities in the state to be designated Work-Ready.
Prior to her tenure at Mount Sterling-Montgomery County Industrial Authority, she served as executive director of the Kentucky Industrial Development Council (now known as KAED) for five years.
Romensko was recognized and honored at the KAED fall conference on Nov. 9 at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. Presenting the award was Mr. Brad Thomas, assistant manager for economic development at Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.