Partner for Success
Join us on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, from 10 – 11:00 am for Partner for Success.
Forum Featured Topic
High Demand and Emerging Sectors: Analyzing businesses’ current employment needs while identifying specific essential skills.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, many high demand sector companies struggled at first but now are reevaluating their employment needs and looking for qualified employees. Our panel of economic development and staffing industry leaders will give a snapshot of current high demand sectors employers’ concerns and needs. Hear from:
Kimberly Rossetti, VP of Economic Development, Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation
Kimberly leads Tri-ED’s economic development team, which is focused on attracting new businesses to Northern Kentucky and helping our existing primary industry companies grow and expand. Her team works with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, elected officials and leaders in our three counties, and community partners in helping companies make the significant business decision of investing in our region.
Prior to joining Tri-ED, Kimberly most recently served as the Vice President for Economic Development at Commerce Lexington Inc., the Chamber of Commerce and economic development group, in Lexington, KY. Her main job responsibilities included recruiting new companies to Lexington, assisting existing businesses with expansions, and working with start-up companies in the area. Kimberly worked with a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, headquarters, life sciences, and high-tech companies. Tiffany & Co., J.M. Smucker Co., Big Ass Fans, A&W Restaurants, and Valvoline are just a few companies Kimberly has assisted with locations and expansions in Lexington.
Kimberly also worked closely with Lexington’s regional economic development group, the Bluegrass Alliance. She managed the marketing initiatives for the regional group and Lexington’s economic development efforts.
Kimberly is a member of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development, International Economic Development Council, and Industrial Asset Management Council. She is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. She has volunteered for local organizations including LexArts, Lexington Dream Factory, and the American Cancer Society. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.
Kimberly graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising. She and her husband are the proud parents of two children and two greyhounds.
Michelle Cestaric, Director of Sales, StaffMark
Staffmark is a top ten commercial staffing company in the United States. Michelle carries her PHR, SHRM-CP and CSP certifications. With 26 years of experience, Michelle provides her Human Resource and Business partners with consultative program offerings as well as staffing solutions in all areas of employment. Michelle currently sits on the Executive Committee for the NKWIB as Vice Chair. Michelle has also sat on the Board for NKY SHRM since 2006. As an active member of Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Michelle is currently Chair of the Workforce Strategic Steering Committee. Michelle’s commitment to leadership in the areas of workforce has been evident in the many programs, events and volunteer hours dedicated to supporting our reginal workforce demands. Michelle provides resources and a platform for engagement around workforce in our Northern Kentucky community.
Shelby Miles, Executive Director, Kentucky I-71 Economic Development Alliance (KIEDA) and the Carroll County Community Development Corporation (CCCDC).
Shelby coordinates economic development efforts along the I-71 Corridor in Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Oldham and Owen Counties; working with elected officials and community leaders, partner EDO’s, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to attract new businesses to the Corridor and help existing industries in their efforts to grow and expand within the region. Additionally, Shelby assists local governments in Carroll County with grant writing and administration for community development projects.
Shelby is a member of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. He is also a Certified CDBG Grants Administrator through the Commonwealth of Kentucky and was named to Louisville Business First’s “20 People to know in Economic Development” in 2019.
Shelby is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he earned his Master of Public Administration (MPA), as well as Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science.