The Maysville-Mason County Industrial Development Authority was created through an inter-local cooperative agreement in 1985 between the City of Maysville and Mason County, Kentucky.
Our Purpose and Mission
- The Authority was created to serve as the economic development and marketing agency for Maysville and Mason County by promoting the Maysville area as a national and international basis for new or expanding manufacturing projects.
- The Authority works with local businesses and local governments to develop the resources and infrastructure necessary to support its economic development program.
- The Authority also works in a supportive role for private developers.
- The Authority has two main goals:
- To create new jobs and increase the diversity of jobs.
- Expand the tax base of local governments.
Strategies, Tactics, and Targets to Accomplish Future Community Economic Goals:
- Continue to build and support Maysville’s world-class local workforce.
- Continuously Improve broadband access and connectivity throughout the area.
- Continue to highlight and bolster our logistical advantages including
- Availability of Class 1 Rail
- Ohio River access
- Continuously improve strong relationships in Frankfort with the Cabinet for Economic Development, Workforce Development, and Department of Transportation.
- Focus on job expansion and retention within our local industries.
- Promote regionalism for future development efforts.
- Lead and support local allied economic and workforce development partners to promote and increase economic vitality in Maysville and Mason County.
- Highlight and promote available commercial buildings and sites to relocating entities.
Owen J. McNeill
A Maysville and Mason County native, Owen J McNeill assumed the Executive Director role of the Maysville-Mason County Industrial Development Authority in 2018. Since returning, McNeill has led recruiting and economic development initiatives that have produced community wins such as Precision Pulley and Idler (PPI) and PatienTech, as well as big-box retailers such as Harbor Freight and Hobby Lobby. These additions as well as several others have equated to hundreds of new self-sustaining jobs, increased momentum, and Maysville’s re-ascension as the retail and commercial hub for the northeastern Kentucky region. In addition to his economic development role, McNeill is community-focused, evident by his service on several local boards and community initiatives. McNeill has worked in economic development for 15 years and has been an active member of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) during that time.
McNeill previously worked as a national consultant focused on economic development, workforce and educational issues across the country. McNeill lead projects such as the Kentucky Aerospace, Aviation and Defense Economic Impact Study that focused on harnessing these growing industries and the Kentucky CTE Funding Study in 2016 entitled First Things First. While consulting, McNeill worked with several municipalities and states including the City of El Paso, TX, Juarez, Mexico, Washington DC, and Billings MT. McNeill has presented at numerous state and national conferences on workforce and economic development strategies, including KAED and the Southeastern Employment and Training Association, SETA. Prior to TPMA, McNeill worked in the Kentucky Workforce and Area Development System, leading the Business Services Units of both Buffalo Trace and Bluegrass Area Development Districts.
McNeill is a graduate of Centre College in Danville Kentucky and lives with his wife, Tina, in Maysville, Kentucky. McNeill enjoys promoting rural communities and both he and his wife participate in numerous civic activities.