BY ANDREA TORTORA
The Cincinnati Enquirer
FORT MITCHELL -- The day he was named president of the Tri-County Economic Development Corp. (Tri-Ed), Danny G. Fore practiced juggling.
From the cell phone in his car, the executive director of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Area Economic Development Corp. tried to figure out how he and his wife, Jamey, would get from Fayetteville to Virginia to see their daughter, who went into labor with her second child Tuesday morning. While making travel arrangements, Mr. Fore also answered calls from Tristate media and worked with a consultant in Fayetteville to help the city develop a new strategic plan.
"Obviously I'm excited," Mr. Fore said about all of Tuesday's events. "This is my third grandchild, and the opportunity to work with an economic development corporation picked as one of the nation's 10 best is appealing."
Tri-Ed is a tax-supported agency that works to lure companies to locate or expand in Northern Kentucky. The group has helped recruit 160 companies that brought 18,600 jobs to the region in the past 10 years, according to a 1997 study of Tri-Ed's activities.
Tri-Ed announced Mr. Fore's selection Tuesday. Mr. Fore will be in Northern Kentucky on Thursday to talk with local developers. He will start as president on July 6.
Mr. Fore replaces Jim West, who resigned after 10 years to become president of the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce in his home state of Georgia.
Mr. Fore brings nearly 10 years of experience with the Fayetteville group and previous work as director of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina and the Rappahannock Area Development Commission in Fredericksburg, Va.
"I can't talk about strategies and projects to be put in place since things are working so well I don't want to tinker with anything too soon," Mr. Fore said. "I'd like to get to know the staff well and learn about what's happening. I'll be paying attention more than anything else."
Mr. Fore is well-recognized for his work in planning and economic development. He was named North Carolina's 1997 Economic Development Professional of the Year and is one of 97 Fellow Members of the American Economic Development Council.
He was selected by a search committee from 80 applicants.
"His credentials, experience and proven skills presented the strongest credentials for the continued success of Tri-Ed under his leadership," said William T. Robinson III, search committee chairman. "Moreover, his personality and enthusiasm strongly suggest that his leadership style as a proven consensus builder will facilitate his quickly becoming a significant leader in our regional community."
Mr. Fore holds bachelor's degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and Chapman University in California. His master's in urban and regional planning is from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. In 1980 he completed the Industrial Development Course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1985 he finished the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.
"I'm very strong on the concept of planning," Mr. Fore said. "You've got a beautiful area in Northern Kentucky. I was very impressed. I really liked the people."