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Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation elects board officers

June 25, 2018

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) elected 2018-19 officers for the Board of Commissioners at its annual meeting May 31.

John Winemiller

John Winemiller, managing partner of intellectual property law firm Merchant & Gould’s Knoxville office, will continue for a second year as chair. He was appointed to the board by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero in 2014 for a five-year term.

Bob Whetsel

Bob Whetsel, retired City of Knoxville director of redevelopment, will continue as vice chair. He was appointed to the board by Rogero in 2016 for a five-year term.

Gloria Garner

Gloria Garner, a retired community organizer, was elected treasurer for a second year. Following completion of a partial term beginning in 2016, Garner was reappointed by Rogero for a five-year term.

Ben Bentley

Ben Bentley, KCDC executive director and CEO, serves as secretary.

Seven members of KCDC’s Board of Commissioners are appointed by the Knoxville mayor to oversee programs provided by the agency, including affordable housing administration and redevelopment. Board officers are appointed for one-year terms.


About Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation

Since 1936, KCDC has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Knoxville. KCDC’s mission is to improve and transform neighborhoods and communities by providing high-quality affordable housing, advancing development initiatives and fostering self-sufficiency. For more information, call 865-403-1100 or visit