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Meet the SWIDC Team...

  • SWIDC is Southwest Indiana’s LEDO driven regional economic development organization since 1987
  • SWIDC serves the I-69 and I-64 corridors’ location and staffing needs
  • SWIDC strives to improve workforce skills and innovation talent for today’s and tomorrow’s employers
  • SWIDC improves education and technical training through partnerships with secondary, post-secondary, and technical training providers

SWIDC Members

Meet the SWIDC Team

Click on a name for contact information, listed Left to Right

Back row - Alvin Evans, Perry County- Jim Heck, WorkOne

Middle Row - Kent Utt, Knox County- Lee Chestnut, Perry County- Ed Cole, Dubois County (Missing -RonArnold, Davies County)

Front Row - Tom Utter, Spencer County - Brittaney Johnson, Posey County - Ashley Polin Willis, Pike County - Tim Kinder, Martin County

Alvin Evans PCDC
Alvin Evans
Vice Chairman & CEO, PCDC
President, SWIDC
(812) 547-8377
alvin@pickperry.com

Jom Heck WorkOne
Jim Heck
Executive Director at Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Board Inc.
Phone: (812) 424-4473
Fax: 812-421-3189
Kent Utt KCDC
Kent E. Utt (and Buddy)
President/CEO KCDC
Treasurer SWIDC
(812) 886-6993
kentutt@kcdc.com

Kent is a lifelong resident of Knox County Indiana. A graduate of the North Knox School Corporation in 1984, Kent subsequently attended the University of South Florida majoring in Business Administration, Indiana State University where he earned a BS in Finance /Economics and Ball State University where he received his MBA in Business Administration.

He served as 26 years at Regions Bank where his responsibilities included business development and sales management of the consumer and business division for seventeen branches in southern Indiana (10 counties) and 3 branches in southeastern Illinois (2 counties).

Kent is a recent newly wed and proud father to a teenager and a college student (Mason and Madison), Kent takes an active role in their extra-curricular activities. He is a golfer and hunter who enjoys horse trail and bicycle riding.

Utt is extremely passionate about expanding business and opportunities for Knox County while coaching/leading a volunteer board and improving the overall economic and social climate in Knox County.  He enjoys the strategic/negotiating nature of business development /expansion and thrives on the competitiveness that is inherit with landing /retaining /expanding long-term trusted relationships.


Lee Chestnut PCDC
Lee Chestnut
President, PCDC
(812) 547-8377
lee@pickperry.com
Ed Cole
Ed Cole
President, Dubois Strong
ecole@duboisstrong.com
Tom Utter, LEDC
Tom Utter
President, LEDC
812-649-2119
tutter@ledc.org

Brittaney Johnson
Brittaney Johnson
President, PCEDP
(812) 838-6500
bjohnson@pcedp.com

Brittaney served as Posey County Director for the Southwest Indiana Chamber. She holds a degree in marketing from USI. She serves on several boards, including Visit Posey County, Inc. and the Posey County Career Success Coalition. 


Ashley Polin Willis, Pike County Economic Developement
Ashley P. Willis
Executive Director, Pike County Economic Development Corporation
Secretary, SWIDC
(812) 354-2271
pikegrowth@pikeco.org

Ron Arnold Daviess County Indiana
Ron Arnold
Vice President of Crane Technology Inc.
ED for the founding organization of the WestGate Technology Park
ED of the Daviess County Economic Development Foundation Inc.
812.254.1500
rarnold@dcedc.net
Tim Kinder Martin County
Tim Kinder
Executive Director
Martin County Alliance
(812) 295-4800
tkinder@martinalliance.org