Jeff Eger is Kentucky State Director for the Center of Infrastructure and Economic Development. Eger leads The Center’s strategies to support local leaders’ efforts to develop balanced renewable energy policies for their communities.
Eger’s career experiences are broad and extensive, ranging from entrepreneurship to C-Suite leadership. His most notable accomplishments are building and reinventing organizations. He led Northern Kentucky’s Sanitation District No.1 as Executive Director for 17 years, transforming it into a multi-jurisdictional agency providing wastewater and stormwater management services to over 46 local governments. In that role he led the planning and building of two new wastewater treatment plants to support local economic development and protect local waterways from pollution. Recognizing the challenges with siting sewer plants within the regional community, Eger created two citizen advisory boards to aid in the site selection process. He negotiated transformational environmental compliance with the state and U.S. EPA, which became a national model in achieving clean water goals. His organization was an early adopter of green infrastructure as an effective means to address water quality issues. Ushering in new programs and fees, Eger often utilized the concept of public participation, creating advisory boards, focus groups, and public workshops.
He has served as COO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, as well as CEO of The Water Environment Federation – an international association of clean water professionals. Eger recently retired from HDR, one of the top A&E firms in the United States. While there, Eger built and led the company’s national stormwater practice. As an independent consultant and contractor for CORE Consulting, Eger has provided executive coaching, leadership development, strategic planning, and organizational analysis for water utilities across the country.
Eger has served as Chairman of several organizations including ORSANCO (the Ohio River water authority), and currently the Boone-Florence Water Commission. He has served on dozens of local, state, and national boards and commissions. Eger was also proud to serve as President of the Kentucky Junior Chamber of Commerce, leading local chapters across the Commonwealth in community service.
Eger holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Northern Kentucky University and resides in Boone County with his wife Ruth.