A Commitment to Advance the Region

The kix.com team is all about regional thinking, and for taking actions that will benefit all. So last year, when four separate chambers united to become The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, we saw that merger as a very important step for our region. And today, when the Hardin County Chamber announced that they were joining One Southern Indiana and Greater Louisville Inc. as the third managing partner in the Regional Leadership Coalition (RLC), we knew this was a story that needed to be told.

“We consider this a great opportunity to enhance our reach and to leverage the strength of these three great organizations,” saidRLC Board Chairman and President of Norton Hospital, Kevin Wardell.

Established in the late 90’s, the RLC works to cultivate regional thinking and action around shared opportunities and mutual challenges to realize and sustain one dream for the region. That dream is to become an idea capital of the world, where imaginations and individuals thrive.

“We are pleased to join the RLC in its efforts to advance and grow the region, something that benefits all of us,” said Brad Richardson, President/CEO Hardin County Chamber of Commerce.

Richardson and two of his chamber board members join a board of directors comprised of a “who’s who” of regional business and industry leaders.

Richardson, who also led the One Knox effort, understands the value of regional thinking. And when making the managing partner announcement at the chamber’s general membership luncheon, he extolled the benefits the partnership would offer chamber members and the entire community.

“This merger means our members will have a voice at the table on some of the most important matters facing our region. This will increase our clout, ability to advocate and most of all enhance our ability to grow individually and as a region,” added Richardson.

GLI’s President and CEO, Joe Reagan and One Southern Indiana’s CEO, Jody Wassmer joined Richardson at today’s announcement. The three signed A Commitment to Advance the Region.

“Working across borders, and in this case a river between two states, is critical if our region is going to compete on a global scale,” said Wassmer. “Together, we can accomplish great things.”

Joe Reagan, outgoing President and CEO of GLI, added, “I’m excited by the possibilities. People here are already connecting and working together on an unprecedented scale. And even though I’ll be in St. Louis, I’ll be keeping an eye on this region. ”

The RLC also plans to provide membership opportunities for other chambers and economic development agencies throughout the region. “We’re working with individuals and communities throughout the region, and by increasing membership we’ll be bringing more people to the table,” said Beth Avey, RLC’s new Executive Director. So if you know of any other individual, entity or organization that could help the RLC and benefit from participating in this growing regional effort, don’t hesitate to let us know. Because together, we can accomplish some truly amazing things!


  1. Kim Huston says:

    So glad to be a part of this event on Wednesday. I look forward to Bardstown and Nelson County being a part of this growing effort of regionalism and community collaboration.


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