GO Art! director leaving for job with county government

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 January 2015 at 12:00 am

Kelly Kiebala will be employment and training coordinator


ALBION – The leader of the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council is leaving that position to become the employment and training coordinator for Orleans County.

The County Legislature created the new position and hired Kelly Kiebala for the job. Kiebala has been director at GO Art! since 2009. Prior to that she was director of the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce for three years.

Kiebala is a Medina native and former trustee on the Medina Village Board. After living in San Francisco she moved back to the area in the late 1990s and worked nine years for GO Art! as a program coordinator before joining the Chamber as director.

In the new full-time position, she will help connect county residents to job opportunities, including emerging careers. She will work with businesses, schools, colleges and agencies to help match residents with local employment needs.

“There are going to be new jobs in the future that don’t even exist now,” Kiebala said. “The Legislature wants Orleans County to be ahead of the game.”

The county is well positioned for high-tech and jobs of the future with the STAMP site just across the county borders in the Town of Alabama.

STAMP is a 1,250-acre site and is aligned to attract the next generation of nanotechnology companies, including semiconductor chip fabs, flat panel displays, solar, bio-manufacturing, and advanced manufacturing companies to New York State. New York committed $33 million in the current state budget to advance the site.

Kiebala will start her job with the county in March. GO Art! will be looking to fill her position.

“I’m sad to be leaving the arts council,” she said. “But I’m from Orleans County and I’m really committed to the community.”