FORT MITCHELL, KY (November 10, 2022) – The BE NKY Growth Partnership (BE NKY) continues to add to its team, with David McAleese joining as Research Director.

McAleese most recently held the position of Senior Director, Area Research at Macy’s Inc., where he worked since 2006.

He is a graduate of Binghamton University in New York state, where he earned both a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Geography.

Earlier this year, BE NKY launched its Build + Elevate NKY campaign, and the organization exceeded its $4.5 million investment goal. In July, the company began working toward four initiatives funded by the campaign:

  • Data-Informed Community Decision-Making
  • Activate the Northern Kentucky Port Authority
  • Deliver Customized Workforce Solutions
  • Targeted Business Growth

McAleese will be responsible for leading the Data-Informed Community Decision-Making initiative, as well as conducting industry and economic research and supporting data management for BE NKY and its economic development operations.

He will also provide the company with data support and share trends in demographics, economics, real estate and business so BE NKY staff are equipped with the latest information to assist clients and communities.

“David will play an integral role in our team as we move past the investment portion of our campaign toward the implementation of our key initiatives,” said BE NKY Vice President of Strategy Christine Russell. “We are thrilled that he brings 16 years of research experience at a Fortune 500 Company.”

In this position, McAleese will also maintain important day-to-day relationships with REDI Cincinnati, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, partner organizations, local communities and external firms.

BE NKY is also hiring for a Workforce Development Manager and Real Estate and Project Specialist, both newly created positions within the company.

More information about these roles can be found at

About BE NKY

BE NKY serves as the primary economic development company for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, providing marketing and business retention and expansion services for the region. For more information, visit

BE NKY’s vision is opportunity and prosperity for all Northern Kentuckians.