Josh Armstrong To Lead Regional Economic Development For E-REP


Josh Armstrong to lead regional economic development for E-REP as a longtime downtown executive, Armstrong brings a proven track record of successful economic development and placemaking strategies

ANNOUNCEMENT, September 1, 2023 – The Evansville Regional Economic Partnership (E-REP) and the Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District (EID) today announce the appointment of Josh Armstrong as the Senior Vice President of Economic Development for E-REP. Armstrong currently serves as the EID President and begins the new role on October 2, 2023. He will provide leadership for all aspects of economic, community, quality of place and small business development for the Evansville Region.

After leading the 2018 formation of the EID, Armstrong has guided its ongoing growth in providing self-funded benefits to over 450 properties in Downtown Evansville. “Working with community partners, including the City of Evansville and E-REP, Downtown Evansville has seen tremendous growth during my nine-year tenure. Hundreds of new homes and hotel rooms, and dozens of new businesses have opened and thrived in Downtown. Thirty-eight new businesses opened in the past year alone,” said Armstrong. During his time with the EID, Armstrong has also served the region in projects related to the Regional Cities and READI programs, most recently co-leading the Ohio River Vision & Strategic Plan. “Josh has led a transformation in Downtown Evansville. In his new role, his skills and knowledge will continue to serve the Downtown Evansville area, while also impacting people and businesses in the entire region,” said John Lamb, Chair of EID Board of Directors.

The EID and E-REP share office space in Innovation Pointe located in Downtown Evansville and have a long history of collaboration and partnership. “Josh is an exemplary leader and has led the transformation of Evansville’s Downtown Core,” said Tara Barney, CEO of E-REP.  “It is a natural fit for him to continue his leadership at E-REP leading strategic impact and economic development work on behalf of the region.” Armstrong will continue the work of Jenna Richardt who was recently named Senior Vice President of Business Development for the Ports of Indiana. Armstrong and Richardt will work together closely through an MOU between the Ports and E-REP.

“I’m looking forward to serving the broader region, with a focus on creating a place where businesses thrive, and all people are able to work towards their goals while serving their community and each other,” Armstrong added. “The Executive Committee of the EID Board of Directors has begun the search for a new Executive Director of the organization,” Lamb added.

About the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership:

The Evansville Regional Economic Partnership (E-REP) leads economic development efforts for the Evansville, Indiana region and elevates the overall quality of life through transformational projects, planning, advocacy, and business engagement. Additionally, E-REP supports the attraction, startup, and growth of regional businesses. More information can be found at

About the Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District: Following a 2017 petition process of member property owners, the EID was formed in 2018 to provide benefits and services to member properties paid for by a special annual assessment on these properties. The EID builds a move active and inclusive Downtown Evansville. It enhances resident, consumer, investor, worker, and visitor experiences in Downtown Evansville. In 2023, the EID will lead over $1,250,000 in projects which improve the appearance of Downtown, in addition to marketing, advocacy and safety programs. To learn more about the EID and its progress in enhancing the Downtown experience,