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Daniel E. Tobergte is ending his 28-year tenure with the Tri-County Economic Development Corp. effective Aug. 2 to pursue new opportunities.
Northern Kentucky officials are crediting Tobergte’s leadership as instrumental in the region’s economic growth in recent decades.
“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,” said Campbell County Judge-executive Steve Pendery, immediate past chair of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED.
“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,” Pendery said.
“Dan’s legacy will be felt in Northern Kentucky for generations,” Kenton County Judge-executive Kris Knochelmann said.
“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,” Knochelmann said.
An interim president/CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED is expected to be announced in late July.
Tobergte started his work as a vice president with Northern Kentucky Tri-ED in June 1990, beginning as senior vice president, rising to executive vice president in 1999 and as president/CEO from November 2004 until present. His 28 years with Tri-ED were preceded by four years with the city of Covington and a year and a half with the city of Forest Park, all in economic development roles.
“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 statement.
“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.
Tobergte is actively involved with the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Foreign Trade Zone as chairman, is a trustee for Thomas More College, secretary/treasurer for the Northern Kentucky Port Authority, a board member for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and REDI Cincinnati, and is on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University.
Tobergte also participates regularly in the NKY Chamber of Commerce Business Advocacy Council, in the Northern Kentucky City & County Management Association and the NKY Allies for Economic Growth, plus activities with the International Economic Development Council and the Kentucky Association for Economic Development.
Tobergte, a native of Independence and a licensed Kentucky attorney, graduated from Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 1988, preceded by a Master of Public Administration degree and an undergraduate degree, both from Eastern Kentucky University. Tobergte volunteers time and effort to St. Henry District High School, Redwood and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church/School, plus coaches youth baseball and basketball.
Northern Kentucky Tri-ED serves as the primary economic development entity for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties providing marketing, business retention/expansion and entrepreneurship services for the region.
Since its founding in 1987, more than 670 primary industry projects have located to or expanded within Northern Kentucky, creating more than 67,000 new jobs and investing more than $8.4 billion.