April 08, 2014
REDI Cincinnati announces Johnna Reeder as President & CEO
REDI Cincinnati, LLC, the region’s leading economic development initiative has new leadership at the top. The area's top job creator late last week named Johnna Reeder as the organization’s President & CEO effective May 5.
Reeder, a resident of Fort Mitchell, KY, will be relinquishing her current role as Vice President of Community Relations, Local Government Affairs and Economic Development for Duke Energy, Ohio and Kentucky Region. In her new position, Reeder will oversee REDI in leading efforts to attract and grow businesses and jobs in the region.
Unveiled last month, REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) Cincinnati evolved from the Cincinnati USA Partnership for Economic Development and features both top-level CEO involvement and collaboration with public and private investors to spur economic development growth in the greater Cincinnati region.
“I am excited to take the helm at the newly energized REDI and look forward to continued collaboration with its key stakeholders and investors to grow jobs and investment in our region,” said Reeder.
Reeder will manage a staff of 12 economic development professionals and execute a cluster-focused strategy that in 2013 helped create and retain 16,000 jobs, representing $571M in capital investment in the region.
“This role is vital for continuing the growth that our region is experiencing and Johnna’s ability to build alliances and extensive knowledge of economic development made her the ideal candidate,” said Tom Williams, Board and Executive Committee Chairman of REDI Cincinnati. “It’s rare to find someone that has the leadership and experience that this role demands, in addition to a deep level of commitment to our area,” Williams added.
Reeder will replace Matt Davis, who served as Interim Executive Director for both the Cincinnati USA Partnership and REDI Cincinnati since early September. Davis will remain in his current role until Reeder begins, and then will take another position with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.
“Matt has been an excellent steward for REDI and his results have been outstanding, and we look forward to him continuing to be a leader for our region in his new role with the Chamber,” said Brian Carley, President & CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.
Before serving Duke Energy in her current capacity, Reeder served the company as Senior Communications and External Affairs Manager. Additionally, she was employed by The Kroger Company, Citi, and The United Way in various capacities including government relations, public affairs and foundation management. She currently serves on several community boards including: the Executive Board of Cincinnati Regional Business Committee (CRBC), Economic Development Committee of Cincinnati Business Committee (CBC), the Board of Directors for Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation along with the Boards of Directors for the United Way, Cincinnati Museum Center and Source Cincinnati. She was a member of the Board of Advisors for Cincinnati USA Partnership for Economic Development, the predecessor to REDI Cincinnati.
She has a master’s degree in business administration from Thomas More College and a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Memphis.
Welcome to the REDI team Johnna, and to the important work of Cincinnati USA! Read more about the announcement from the CincinnatiEnquirer and Cincinnati Business Courier