Rodney Hitch is among the top 50 economic developers in North America, according to a leading economic development consulting firm.
Hitch serves as Director of Economic Development at Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives/EKPC and works to help bring new and expanding businesses to rural Kentucky.
“Each year we ask our robust site selector community and economic development partners to nominate individuals that they feel are top-notch and worthy of the title ‘Top 50 Economic Developers,’” said Consultant Connect — an international trade group for economic developers — in announcing the honor. “We are so glad to have the opportunity to collaborate, learn from and lift up these individuals!”
The economic development team for Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives/EKPC has been recognized with several major awards. Using cutting-edge technologies that includes data, aerial drone flights, online videos and mobile mapping. Helping market rural Kentucky communities globally, and for helping recruit, retain and expand jobs and investment.
Over the past five years ending December 2019, businesses served across 87 counties by Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives/EKPC have announced more than $5 billion in investments and more than 11,000 new jobs in areas served by the co-ops.
“These honors reflect the teamwork and support of the electric co-op family at each of the 17 cooperatives we represent and the many communities we work with,” said Anthony “Tony” Campbell, President and CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative. “It’s only when everyone is pulling in the same direction that we are successful.”
Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives include 17 not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperatives that serve more than 1 million Kentucky residents across 87 Kentucky counties. They include:
Big Sandy RECC, Paintsville
Jackson Energy Cooperative, McKee
Blue Grass Energy, Nicholasville
Licking Valley RECC, West Liberty
Clark Energy Cooperative, Winchester
Nolin RECC, Elizabethtown
Cumberland Valley Electric, Gray
Owen Electric Cooperative, Owenton
Farmers RECC, Glasgow
Salt River Electric, Bardstown
Fleming-Mason Energy, Flemingsburg
Shelby Energy Cooperative, Shelbyville
Grayson RECC, Grayson
South Kentucky RECC, Somerset
Inter-County Energy Cooperative, Danville
Taylor County RECC, Campbellsville
East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Winchester