Meet the 2015 Summit keynote team.

The 2015 OGCA River Summit is proud to host our keynote speakers from Owensboro, KY. Joining us will be Mayor Ron Payne, City Manager Bill Parrish, and Parks & Recreation Manager Amanda Rogers. Together they will present the story of Owensboro’s recent efforts to revitalize their downtown-riverfront district. More than 11 years of planning and development has resulted in over 200 million dollars in public and private investment including downtown streetscape improvements, historic building renovations, creation of new parks and improvement of existing facilities, upgrades to the convention center, a bank stabilization project on the Ohio River, and numerous other private projects.

About Ron Payne

Ron Payne, Mayor of Owensboro, is a Certified Public Accountant and a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. He has held numerous financial and public positions throughout his career, as the former City Manager, Chief Administrative Officer, and Director of Finance and Administration in Owensboro. Mayor Payne also lived and worked in Tulsa, OK for 14 years, as Controller, Deputy City Auditor, and Director of Finance. He also formerly was the Assistant Professor of Accounting at his alma mater, Brescia University, in Owensboro.

About Bill Parrish

Owensboro’s current City Manager is Bill Parrish, a position he has served in since 2007. Bill previously worked for the city as Street and Sanitation Superintendent. He proudly served with the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2001. Bill is a graduate of Old Dominion University and Lindenwood University, and has professional experience in human resources, operations, finance, and logistics.

About Amanda Rogers

Amanda Rogers, Parks & Recreation Manager for the City of Owensboro, has worked in that capacity since 2010. A graduate of Brescia College, Amanda has nearly 20 years of experience in various parks and recreation positions. During her tenure as Parks & Recreation Manager, the City of Owensboro has doubled the acreage of its parks system, and oversees numerous diverse facilities. Amanda worked on the acquisition and management of Ben Hawes Park, which added 550 acres to the city’s system, including numerous hiking trails, 8 miles of single-track mountain biking, and an outdoor classroom.

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