Growth Alliance Welcomes New Leadership

The Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville announces Ellen Horan as the new president effective immediately. With over twenty years of experience in the civic, business and non-profit arenas, Horan will lead the organizations’ objectives to retain, expand, incubate and attract businesses in Evansville and Vanderburgh County.


“Ellen’s history of leadership, collaboration and outstanding skillsets will support and strengthen the economic growth and momentum taking place in Evansville and Vanderburgh County,” stated Rick Schulz, president of the Growth Alliance Board of Directors. “We’re thrilled to introduce her to the community and have her on the team.”


Horan brings over twenty years of experience in the civic, business and non-profit arenas, most recently as President and CEO of the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Reading, Pennsylvania. During her successful tenure in Reading, Horan led the Chamber to 5 Star Accreditation Status, the highest level achievable.


Prior to joining the Chamber, Horan was president of The Manufacturers Association of Berks County, a regional trade association comprised of 370 employers from Berks and the surrounding counties. The Association provided advocacy, employee development and employee relations services.


A native of the area since June of 2016, Horan has witnessed the momentum building in the community. “This is such an exciting time to be engaged in Greater Evansville with so much happening in economic development. I look forward to working with our stakeholders and partners to accelerate the region’s growth.”


Horan, a graduate of Shippensburg University, received her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburg. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her professional leadership and community involvement.