Executive Director of of the Cincinnati USA Partnership resigns

Reason for abrupt resignation unclear

CINCINNATI -- Denyse Ferguson, the Executive Director of the Cincinnati USA Partnership at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, resigned her position Monday.

It was not clear what lead to Ferguson's seemingly abrupt resignation from the region's lead agency for economic development. Ferguson has held the job for the last 18 months. Prior to that she served as the group's vice president for economic development.

Ferguson said she could not discuss her resignation.

"Not quite at this moment,'' she said, declining to discuss when the resignation would be effective.

Lance Barry, spokesman for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, said in an emailed statement that they are working toward a smooth transition in leadership. He also did not say if Ferguson's resignation is immediate or who would step into that role.

“We have an extremely talented Economic Development team in place who along with our many community partners, will help maintain the great momentum in our region,” he said.

Prior to arriving in Cincinnati, Ferguson was President and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership in Lansing, Mich. She also served as that group's vice president of new enterprise development. She worked with that group for just under four years.

She moved to Cincinnati from her hometown of Lansing in August 2011 with her husband and three children to take the job at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

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