Partnership Hires Economic Development Executive DirectorFebruary 13, 2017 (Mount Vernon, Ind.) The Posey County Economic Development Partnership announces the hiring of Brittaney Johnson to fill the position of Executive Director.Johnson comes to the Partnership from the role of Posey County Director for the Southwest Indiana Chamber. In this position, she has built the Posey County Alliance into a strong and integral community organization serving more than 130 members and growing the Alliance’s assets.“During the search for the next economic development director, we looked for someone with the ability to position Posey County as a leader in the new model of economic development, and Brittaney is that person,” said board President Andrew Wilson. “Brittaney will do an outstanding job working with our regional and statewide partners. She understands Posey County, and will endeavor tirelessly to recruit the businesses and investment we need to continue to grow good-paying jobs in our communities for the next generation.”Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Southern Indiana. She serves on the board of the newly formed Visit Posey County, Inc., the Posey County Junior Achievement Board, Posey County Career Success Coalition and is a member of the Mt. Vernon Kiwanis, New Harmony Business Associates, Mt. Vernon Bicentennial Committee and Indiana Economic Development Association.“It’s an honor to join the Partnership and continue making Posey County a great place to live, work and raise a family. I look forward to working with each of our communities and existing businesses to grow Posey County,” said Brittaney Johnson. “This is an exciting time for Posey County, with our assets and our people, Posey County is well-positioned to attract new investments. I look forward to partnering with the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana and the entire economic development community across the state of Indiana.”“Economic development is a relationship business; and, Brittaney’s long-standing work in the community will serve her well,” said Greg Wathen, President & CEO of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana. “Since 2007, the Coalition has helped Posey County leverage exposure to new talent and investment, and we look forward to the future with Brittaney at the helm.”Johnson’s start date is February 13, 2017.###About the Posey County Economic Development PartnershipThe Posey County Economic Development Partnership serves the Posey County business community helping to attract and retain businesses by collaborating with local, regional and statewide partners. Located 20 minutes west of Evansville, Ind., Posey County is home to SABIC, AstraZeneca, BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, CountryMark, Valero, Consolidated Grain & Barge, Green Plains, Inc., the Ports of Indiana-Mt. Vernon -7th largest inland port in the U.S, among other regional, national and international companies.As a center for advanced manufacturing, Posey County is also known for its plastics business, bio and life sciences, advanced logistics and energy with partners such as Vectren, Hoosier Energy and Duke Energy.Other partners include: Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Indiana Department of Workforce Development; Posey County Government, City of Mount Vernon; Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana; Southwest Indiana Chamber; Town of Poseyville and the Town of New Harmony.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
PORTLAND, Maine — A teenage mother is fighting a do-not-resuscitate order imposed on her brain-damaged daughter, saying she should be responsible for medical decisions. Child welfare officials who intervened after the baby was severely injured say life-saving measures in the event she stops breathing would only prolong her suffering.The mother, Virginia Trask, 18, originally agreed to the do-not-resuscitate order. At one point, the infant was removed from life support and placed in her arms to die, then opened her eyes and began breathing.The Roman Catholic Diocese of Maine and Christian Civic League of Maine are joining the Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based conservative legal group, in supporting the mother’s request to lift the judge-approved order.“Everyone deserves a fighting chance to live,” said Steve Aden, from the Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief. “All she’s doing is fighting for her baby.”Maine’s supreme court will hear arguments this month.The case is unusual. Art Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, said he’d never heard of a similar case in which a do-not-resuscitate order was imposed against a mother’s wishes.