Evansville Names Economic Leader

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Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has named Kelley Coures executive director of the city's Department of Metropolitan Development. He had been serving in the position on an interim basis.

August 4, 2014

News Release

Evansville, Ind. -- Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelley Coures as the new Executive Director of the Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD). In his new role, Coures will lead an economic development team of 15 employees focused on revitalizing economically distressed areas of our city and job creation.

"I have every confidence in Kelley Coures' skills and abilities to continue the positive progress that has been a hallmark of our administration," said Mayor Winnecke. "Kelley's strong background in finance makes him an ideal choice to spearhead our city's multi-faceted economic development strategies."

Mayor Winnecke said Coures, as Interim Director, has successfully worked with community organizations, including Memorial Community Development Cooperation, ECHO Housing, Jacobsville JoinIN, the Evansville Housing Authority's nonprofit housing entity Advantix Development Corp., and the Community Action Program of Evansville. He has worked closely with the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the new Downtown Alliance to create a new vibrancy in the Downtown area. He will continue those efforts while playing a key role in the development of the Indiana University School of Medicine expansion in Downtown Evansville and the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel and convention complex.

Before joining the City of Evansville in August 2012 as the Community Development Coordinator in DMD, Coures worked for 31 years at American General Finance in various positions, including credit underwriting with a focus on real estate. In his initial role with the DMD, Coures worked to improve the city's alignment with U.S. Housing and Urban Development policy. He also sought to expand programs to include assistance to local businesses, when possible through long dormant loan funds.

Coures is a strong community supporter who is very involved in a number of organizations and charitable causes. He is a member of the Distinguished Diversity Lecture Series Board of Directors; past president of the Downtown Kiwanis, where he has been a member since 1989; a recipient of the 2011 Sadelle Berger Civil Rights Award, the highest Civil Rights award presented by the City of Evansville; a recipient of the 2012 Leadership Evansville individual award for Social Service; and serves on several nonprofit boards. For 6 years he served as President of the Old Courthouse Foundation Board and spearheaded the interior renovations of the Ballroom and Old Superior Courtroom with the Bar Association Foundation.

Coures is a 1981 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and history. While in college, Coures served as a government intern during the administration of the late Mayor Russell Lloyd, Sr.

Source: City of Evansville