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Kimberly Young

Kimberly YoungPresident, KCADC Animal Health Corridor

Kimberly Young is the "go-to" person on life sciences and technology for the Kansas City Area Development Council. She has 12 years of experience in economic development in senior recruitment positions at the state and regional level and now leads the development council's KC Animal Health Corridor effort.  Before joining the council, Young most recently was vice president, business recruitment for the Missouri Partnership.  In this capacity, Young was responsible for working closely with the Missouri Department of Economic Development and regional and local economic development organizations across the state to attract new industry and jobs to the communities in Missouri. Previously, Young worked for Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, a public-private regional economic development organization representing nine counties in south central Kansas, where she led business recruitment efforts.  During her tenure, the organization exceeded its annual goal of 1,600 new jobs to the region. 

Young worked for the Kansas Department of Commerce as the prospects manager, where she was responsible for the management of the workforce training programs for the Kansas as well as working with the business recruitment and reverse investment staff on all business outreach and marketing activities with companies and local economic development organizations.  Young was also responsible for structuring and negotiating incentive packages for business prospects. 

She holds a B.S. from Pittsburg State University and was selected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the prestigious universitywide academic honor society.  Young graduated in December 2007 from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.