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Henderson Economic Development (HED) publicly kicked off a new five-year capital campaign on April 28 with an official announcement on The Stage at Henderson Community College. With a limited audience, due to COVID-19 precautions, and many more participating by live stream, Campaign Chair Ben Johnston of Pittsburg Tank & Tower Group reported that the organization had already raised $1,301,250 which is 65% of the $2 million goal.

“We are thrilled that 20 companies and individuals have already committed to this vital program. They are making an investment in Henderson’s economic future,” stated Johnston.

With a theme of “A New Day,” HED shared its new five-year strategic plan of 22 specific strategies within four components:

  • Retaining existing industries and helping them expand
  • Developing the workforce and attracting talent
  • Attracting and recruiting industry
  • Communications and investor relations

Tony Krampe of Independence Bank is the HED Board Chair. “After the transition from Kyndle to HED, we interviewed 40 local business leaders. Their feedback helped design the new plan. We’ve stepped up with a more robust workforce development program. We are focused on targeting suppliers to existing industry and attracting talent to the community. The bottom line mission remains to assist existing industry growth and attract new investment into the community.”

The five-year goals are to create 1,000 new jobs and facilitate $200 million in capital investment. “These are measurable numbers which will have a significant economic impact on this community & region,” adds Krampe.

“While this is our official start, says Johnston, “the campaign will continue for several more months.” HED officials will be inviting other businesses to invest. “This is a team approach,” adds Johnston.

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