Jon Cross, newly appointed President and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance made a visit to Ada’s Northern On Main on Oct. 24.
“A model community” were the words that Cross repeated numerous times as he discussed Ada’s key role in the county. Cross recently returned to Kenton, his hometown community, from California, where he spent the last 11 years developing experience in political, government and business relations.
A highlight during that time was an experience he refers to as “once in a lifetime”. Cross managed the Southern California volunteer headquarters for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign and continued to work for Governor Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver after the election.
Now that Cross is home, he has set to work helping Hardin County build business goals and take the first steps towards reaching them. Cross’s primary focus of business development includes generating new growth, jobs and investment opportunities to advance Hardin County’s economy, as well as expanding the county’s market awareness on a regional, national and global scale.
When asked what Ada could do to contribute to the overall efforts of the Chamber and Business Alliance, Cross said that Ada is already leading the way for the county, and he is working to help other towns model themselves after the Ada community. One way that Cross felt Ada citizens could help is to break down the walls between communities. He referenced the positive way the university and the community have torn down the divide and come together and believes that the changes the county wants to see, starts with today’s youth. The relationship between ONU students and the Ada community is yet another aspect that Cross feels makes Ada truly the model community.