Focus on economic development for county

David Kell

(Posted July 5, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Four months into his new job as Madison County’s economic and planning director, David Kell said he is busier than ever.

“We have a whole bunch of projects we’re working on. It’s just an exciting time,” he said.

Kell formerly served as executive director of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Earlier this year, the Madison County commissioners created the new position of economic and planning director, and Kell won the job.

“As a county, we are growing quickly. Having someone focused solely on economic development is important to local officials,” Kell said about the new position.

While at the Chamber, Kell performed economic development duties, along with recruitment and retention of Chamber members, fundraising, and other tasks. Now, as an employee of the county, he is channeling all of his energy into economic development and planning.

That means business attraction, retention and expansion, workforce development, pursuing opportunities for the different communities in the county, and coordinating marketing for residential, commercial and industrial projects.

As for why he was interested in the position with the county, Kell said, “I wanted to remain in the county and keep the momentum going.”

He reported that, at any given time, he is working on three or four development and planning projects around the county and constantly fields inquiries from businesses and developers interested in opportunities in the county.

Kell’s responsibilities also include working on infrastructure improvements, such as increased water capacity, to help communities accommodate more growth. His job is to keep community leaders informed about the needs of companies interested in developing in the county and provide them with information about resources for funding infrastructure projects.

“I am at the table helping with problem solving for these different projects,” he said.

While he is no longer employed with the Chamber, Kell is now a Chamber board member. He also continues to serve as executive director of Madison County Future Inc., a community improvement corporation.

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