FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: One Southern Indiana’s President to Resign in the Fall

After 10+ years, Wendy Dant Chesser is leaving 1si for a position at River Ridge.

NEW ALBANY, IN – One Southern Indiana (1si) officially announced today that Wendy Dant Chesser, President and CEO, will resign from her position in October 2023.  Chesser has worked with 1si since 2012, coming in as the organization’s third President and the first female to hold this position.   

Laurie Kemp, Immediate Past Chair of the 1si Board of Directors, stated, “Wendy has led the organization through many economic development successes, including securing a $50 million READI grant.  She helped 1si and many businesses weather the COVID storm and helped expand services and resources to our business members. 1si and this community are the better for her service, and while we will miss her leadership within 1si, we are thrilled that she will continue to use her talents to the benefit of Southern Indiana.”

She added that the 1si Board of Directors has met and will outline a transition plan in the coming weeks, which will include a search for a new President.

“For the last decade, I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the businesses, organizations, and residents of our communities in my role at One Southern Indiana,” Chesser said.  “The team of professionals that I have been able to work for and with is truly second-to-none in serving our businesses and communities with passion and foresight.   These business professionals are dedicated, eager, and smart – the future of 1si and those we serve is certainly bright and shiny!”

In late October, Chesser will start her new position with the River Ridge Development Authority (RRDA) as the Chief Director of Corporate Strategy and External Affairs.   Jerry Acy, Executive Director of the RRDA, said, “Wendy will bring her passion for development as well as her extensive contact list to this new position.  She will help us plan and implement the next decade of growth by continuing to serve Southern Indiana.”

“River Ridge has been a great partner of 1si for many years, and this new challenge will allow me to delve deeper into the economic development strategies which will grow and sustain this regional asset,” said Chesser. 

“While I am excited about my new position, I remain committed to the mission of 1si and I am extremely grateful to those who have allowed me the opportunity to lead this organization,” Chesser added.  “I am so very proud of the work we have accomplished, and I look forward to supporting 1si as a committed partner.” 

About One Southern Indiana:

One Southern Indiana was formed in July of 2006 as the economic development organization and chamber of commerce serving Clark and Floyd counties. 1si’s mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the Southern Indiana/Louisville metro area.  For more, visit

About River Ridge Development Authority:

The River Ridge Development Authority manages the River Ridge Commerce Center, a 6,000-acre business and office park established in 1998 to replace lost economic activity from the closure of a former government installation at the site. The Authority has invested more than $150 million to redevelop about 35 percent of the Center. River Ridge is home to more than 70 companies and investments and growth at River Ridge recently earned the RRDA the International Economic Development Council’s Gold Award for Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse. For more information, visit

For Additional Media Inquiries: 

Brittany Schmidt, Content Marketing and Media Relations Manager
One Southern Indiana

Jerry Acy, Executive Director
River Ridge Development Authority

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