Foundation welcomes newest Board member

Lebanon, KY – Dr David GeorgeBeginning this week, Dr. David George will join the Board of Directors of the Marion County Industrial Foundation (MCIF), replacing the active seat of longtime member Jimmy Thomas, who will continue to advise the organization in a director emeritus position.

“Dr. David George embodies the spirit of investment in our community,” Frederick A. Higdon, Chairman of the MCIF Board of Directors, said. “I am confident his energy and expertise will prove invaluable as we continue to strengthen the economic fabric of our community.”

In 2019, Dr. George co-chaired the MCIF Executive Search Committee along with Joe Spalding. That committee led an extensive national search for a new economic development director, which they found in Patrick Ford, who was hired last September.

A native of Lebanon with a distinguished family history, Dr. George is the president of Family and Internal Medicine Associates and is on the Board of Directors of the Southern Kentucky Healthcare Alliance. He also serves as the medical director for the Village and Cedars of Lebanon nursing centers and is a member of the Spring View Hospital Board of Trustees.

Dr. George will fill the seat left by Mr. Thomas, who served as the Board representative for Citizen’s National Bank and was one of the original founders of the Marion County Industrial Foundation that was formed in 1972. Most recently, Mr. Thomas had served as treasurer of the organization, a post now held by Bobby Miles, President of People’s Bank.

Because of his longtime service to the organization, the MCIF Board has chosen to honor Mr. Thomas with its first emeritus board position.

Dr. George joins the Marion County Industrial Foundation Board at an exciting time in the organization’s history. In addition to collaborating with the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission to study the market impact of a future multipurpose building and conference center and ramping up job recruiting efforts throughout the region, the MCIF recently purchased the abandoned former textile factory on Old Springfield Road and is in the process of repurposing that land for new development.

About the MCIF

The Marion County Industrial Foundation has been leading economic development in Marion County since 1972. The MCIF is a non-profit, municipal and county funded, economic development organization. For more than 45 years, the Marion County Industrial Foundation (MCIF) has led economic development efforts in the heart of Kentucky. Through our management of business and industrial parks, focused efforts of business recruitment, and international outreach, the MCIF is all about business. As a public partner, the MCIF is also focused on quality of life, job creation, and helping our community thrive. Our heart is right here, in central Kentucky, bringing opportunity and hope for our residents, businesses, and industries.