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  • VERSAILLES, Ky. (March 11, 2019) — Woodford Forward has named Ace Heinle as the organization’s new Executive Director.

    A Versailles native with over 200 years of family history in Woodford County, Heinle has experience with organizational management and sales, farm management, and government advocacy. He returns to his family farm in Woodford County after working as a software executive in Washington, DC and Paris, France.

    Heinle’s knowledge of economics and sensible urban growth and his passion for rural land preservation will be a huge asset in advancing Woodford Forward’s goals, which include protecting agricultural interests while ensuring the county continues to expand its economic growth. He’s putting this skillset to work to keep Woodford County proud of its inherent resources, and his outlook will be of great benefit to the county.

    Woodford Forward is a nonprofit, countywide land-use advocacy organization. Heinle will lead the organization’s efforts to work with government officials and residents to develop policies that promote the highest and best use of urban and agricultural land while retaining the unique character of the county. He will also proactively pursue investors and businesses that can help meet these goals.

    Heinle began his duties with Woodford Forward on March 1. He succeeds Chase Milner, who resigned late last year in order to relocate and be with his spouse who works at ETSU in Johnson City, TN.

    “Ace can connect with people on both sides of an issue and is excellent at solving complex problems diplomatically, so he’ll build on Chase’s work of bringing together people with strong opinions and getting things done,” board chairman Alex Riddle said. “I think his ability to really listen, combined with his action-oriented approach, will be ideal for moving us forward.”