Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) has named Teresa McKnight as its new Chief Executive Officer.
REDI Board Chair Park Price described McKnight as a nationally recognized leader in the development of Innovation Districts and economic development.
McKnight began her new position Monday. She succeeds outgoing Executive Director and former Ammon Mayor Dana Kirkham. Kirkham will continue to work with McKnight until REDI’s new strategic plan is complete.
“I am elated to have the opportunity to promote and grow Eastern Idaho as Idaho’s premier hub for science, technology and research,” said McKnight. “With tremendous growth in the areas of energy, cyber security, advanced materials, nuclear medicine, and agriculture, not to mention Eastern Idaho is home to one of the largest Department of Energy sites in America, it is no surprise Idaho’s Research Corridor for cutting-edge technology and high-tech innovation resides in Eastern Idaho. I look forward to building upon the great work to-date and continue moving forward this great initiative through collaboration and unification.”
McKnight previously served as Director of the State of Utah incubation Enterprise and Outreach Program. Prior to that, she led development of several large innovation districts in three different states.