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Richard Baker Hired as Kewaunee Economic Development Head

The Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation (KCEDC) hired Richard Baker as its new executive director. He began his duties on Jan. 7. Baker brings more than 10 years of economic-development and tourism experience. Most recently he was the community development coordinator for Mille Lacs County, Minn., where he planned and facilitated development opportunities among cities, businesses and the county, and he wrote multiple grant applications for projects.

“My wife and I are excited to make the move to Kewaunee County,” Baker said. “We have always enjoyed the area, and this opportunity allows me to use my nonprofit skills and experiences to grow the KCEDC organization and the Kewaunee County economy, create jobs, and increase the tax base.”

Prior to Mille Lacs County, Baker worked as the executive director of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce in Boone, Iowa, where he was involved in hosting the Farm Progress Show and promoting the International Motor Contest Association Super Nationals. Baker holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations, with a minor in economics and certificates in economic development and nonprofit organization management.

The Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation works to retain, expand, develop and attract businesses that strengthen the economy of Kewaunee County.