Northern Kentucky Tri-ED names Jacob Edmonds as the organization’s first manager of business growth

The Tri-County Economic Development Corporation of Northern Kentucky (Tri-ED) has announced that Jacob Edmonds has been promoted to Manager of Business Growth, a newly created role at the company.

In his new role, Edmonds will develop and deliver an economic development lead generation strategy that will attract new key industry companies to Northern Kentucky. This position leads business expansion and attraction efforts through a targeted industry approach with customized data analysis and prospect development driving economic growth. He will also conduct research on new business opportunities and stay up-to-date on economic development, business and industry trends.

“Targeted Business Growth is one of the initiatives we are launching as a result of the success of our Build + Elevate NKY investor campaign,” said Tri-ED President and CEO Lee Crume. “As we considered starting this new job, Jacob’s history with Tri-ED and his expertise with the Northern Kentucky business community made him ideal for the new role.”

Jacob Edmonds (Photo form NKY Tri-ED)

Edmonds will continue to play a key role on the economic development team managed by Vice President Kimberly Rossetti.

“Jacob has taken on increased responsibility and helped launch the Target Industry Study earlier this year, tracking companies in Northern Kentucky by sector and subsector,” Rossetti said. “He will build on that work in his new role by identifying key business data to generate leadership profiles that match and support Northern Kentucky’s target industries.”

Edmonds joined Tri-ED in 2018 as an Economic Development Specialist managing Tri-ED’s Sites & Buildings portal through Zoom Prospector, responses to RFIs and community data sources. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Community and Economic Development from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Northern Kentucky University. He is a member of the Young Professionals Advisory Committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Earlier this year, Tri-ED launched the Build + Elevate NKY campaign and on July 1 began work on four key initiatives in addition to its core economic development work.

• Data Informed Community Decision Making
• Activate the Northern Kentucky Port Authority
• Offer customized workforce solutions
• Targeted business growth

Tri-ED announced in February that more than 40 companies have invested and that 66% of the campaign’s funding goal of $4.5 million has been raised. To learn more about Build + Elevate NKY, visit

In January, a target industry analysis by EY found that Northern Kentucky led Kentucky job creation from 2015 to 2020. The analysis showed significant employment growth in four target sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology , Life Sciences and Supply Chain Management and Support Services . The employment and capital spending announced in 2021 complements the employment growth the region experienced from 2015 – 2019.

Since its founding in 1987, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED has led successful relocation or expansion efforts for 746 business projects, representing more than 71,800 key industry jobs created with a capital investment of more than 9 billion dollars.

Tri-ED is governed by a twenty-three member board of directors comprised of business and community leaders who are unpaid volunteers. The Boone, Campbell and Kenton County Fiscal Courts each appoint members to the Board of Directors.

Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation

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