In late 2022, the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership welcomed Bob Grewe as director of economic development.
Although the Evansville native grew up in nearby Jasper, Indiana, his education and work history have kept him firmly plugged into building Southwest Indiana.
In his new role, Grewe is tasked with attracting and growing regional business, as well as creating and retaining jobs that improve the Tri-State’s quality of life.
“My initial goal is to ensure our economic development efforts remain best in class, and we continue to compete effectively for new jobs and investment,” he says. “Our second goal is to position the region to compete for the jobs and investment of the future.”
Most recently, Grewe served for nearly six years as executive director of the Newport Chemical Depot Reuse Authority in Newport, Indiana, putting his Bachelor of Science in environmental science and Master of Public Affairs in economic development — both from Indiana University in Bloomington — to good use.
Grewe has worked in economic development in Henry and Dubois counties, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and has overseen community development services at Evansville civil engineering firm the Lochmueller Group.
“Having worked throughout Southwest Indiana five years ago, I realized the economic development potential of the Evansville region. However, the strategic and thoughtful merger that resulted in creating the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership was the real carrot that attracted me to the position,” he says.