REDI hires CEO



By Journal Staff

Regional Economic Development Corporation for East Idaho (REDI) officials say they have chosen a chief executive officer.

Jan Rogers, longtime executive director of Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO), will assume the REDI post on Sept. 14, according to a news release that REDI issued on Monday.

“I am very excited for the region and for REDI that Jan was selected (for and has) accepted this position,” said Darlene Gerry, REDI’s interim executive director, who will step down when Rogers begins her work. “She’s a proven winner and a proven leader in economic development not only in southern Idaho, (but also) in the nation.”

Park Price, president of REDI and the chairman of Bank of Idaho, agrees.

“We are thrilled to have Jan Rogers join REDI as CEO,” Price said in the news release. “She has an outstanding reputation in economic development and will provide exactly what REDI is looking for in regards to growing our region’s economy. We are confident she will be tremendously successful in promoting eastern Idaho to businesses looking to expand or relocate.”

REDI was formed in April when Grow Idaho Falls and Bingham Economic Development Corp. joined forces as part of a new regional approach to economic development. Rogers will be tasked with leading that effort in the future as she works with REDI’s executive and advisory boards, investors, regional and state agencies and site selectors, according to the news release.

Rogers, who plans to use strategic planning and regional and national marketing efforts to draw new operations’ attention to eastern Idaho, says she’s looking forward to the job ahead.

“I am excited to take on this exciting new economic development challenge for eastern Idaho,” Rogers said in the news release. “This region has so much to offer to potential new employers and existing employers have tremendous opportunities to grow their organizations.”

As REDI officials are preparing to welcome Rogers to her new post, SIEDO officials are getting ready to say goodbye and are making plans to fill her position in the future.

“Jan Rogers has been an outstanding executive director for the past 14 years, taking our region’s economic success to new heights,” Mike Schutz, chairman of SIEDO’s executive board, said in a news release issued Monday. “We recognize the need for continued economic development leadership in southern Idaho and have already begun the process of launching an aggressive search for this position.”