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Tom West, Economic Development Director for the City of Covington

Tom West joined the City of Covington in December 2017 as Economic Development Director. His department is responsible for business attraction, retention and expansion programs as well as administering the City’s zoning code and historic preservation guidelines. Over the past three years, his department created a citywide economic development strategy, implemented policies designed to assure a return on incentive investment for taxpayers, completely rewrote of the City’s zoning code, and led a staff of professionals. During this time, the city has attracted more than $200 million in private investment and created nearly 2,500 new jobs. Previously, Tom was Senior Vice President of a national economic development and workforce consulting firm with clients from Oregon to the Carolinas. He also served as Executive Director of Governor Steve Beshear’s Workforce Investment Board for five years. He has three decades of experience in downtown revitalization and workforce development as a practitioner or consultant. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a Masters in community planning. He also holds a certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.