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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

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