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Tobergte Steps Down at NKY Tri-ED

Dan Tobergte announced Friday that he is stepping down as president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri_ED), effective August 2.

He has been with the organization since its inception in 1990, and has served as its leader since 2004.

“I am extremely appreciative of the opportunity provided by the leadership of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED to be at the forefront of Northern Kentucky’s economic development transformation,” Tobergte said in a news release. “I am pleased about our work to improve the opportunities for employees and employers in Northern Kentucky.  There are countless individuals deserving of my appreciation, but I especially thank Jim West, Tri-ED’s first President and the late Bill Robinson, a Tri-ED co-founding member. The organization is well-established and will continue to serve Northern Kentucky well.”

“Dan has played an integral role in Tri-ED’s history, and therefore the tremendous growth of our region. Dan’s legacy will be felt in Northern Kentucky for generations.  He is family focused and community-centered in everything he does, and I’m looking forward to seeing his contributions to Northern Kentucky in the years to come,” said Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann. 

The judges/executive of Kenton, Boone, and Campbell counties rotate as chairperson of the Tri-ED board.

Knochelmann said that an interim president/CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED is expected to be announced in late July. 

“Dan Tobergte’s faithful and steady service leaves a lasting impact on the Tri-ED organization and the Northern Kentucky region. His character, integrity and professionalism have served our region well, and we will benefit from his efforts for many years to come,” said Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore, chair-elect of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED.

“Tri-ED has led the way in economic development in the Commonwealth of Kentucky since its founding 31 years ago, with Northern Kentucky, the region it serves, having outperformed the rest of the state.  Dan has been a principal in, or the leader of the organization for 28 of those years.  It is no wonder his peers think so highly of him.  We thank you Dan and wish you all the best; the community is a much better place for your efforts," said Campbell County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery.

Prior to joining Tri-ED, Tobergte served in economic development roles at the City of Covington, and the City of Forest Park, Oh.

Tobergte said that he is leaving Tri-ED to pursue new opportunities.

-Staff report

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