Green River Area Development District
Serving Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union & Webster Counties in Western Kentucky
300 GRADD Way, Owensboro, KY 42301      Phone: 270.926.4433  Fax: 270.684.0714


The new President of the Olomouc Region,Oto Košta, MD, PhD

Oto Košta was born on December 14th 1956 in Vysoké Mýto. After finishing the local grammar school he studied at the Medical Faculty of the Palacky University in Olomouc.

After graduation he worked as a head of the Healthcare Centre, and the Department of Health Education of the University Hospital in Olomouc. Since 1993 he has worked as a general practitioner for adults; he is an assistant professor at the Medical Faculties of the Palacky University Olomouc, and the Ostrava University. He also works as a consultant at the International Clinical Research Centre (FNUSA-ICRC) in Brno.

He is married, and has a son.

The President’s responsibilities: crisis management, social affairs, international relations, and tourism.

In 2007, GRADD signed an official Sister Region agreement with the Olomoucký Kraj, Czech Republic. This partnership is an expansion of the Sister City relationship that Olomouc and Owensboro have enjoyed since 1993. The Olomouc region covers an area of 2,033 square miles (5,267 sq. km) in the northeastern Czech Republic and is home to 650,000 residents. Major cities include Olomouc, Přerov, Prostějov, Šumperk, and Jeseník.

A Sister Region partnership is simply an expansion of the Sister City concept, popularized across the United States during the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s. The goal of the GRADD-Olomouc relationship is "to become partner regions, based on the principles of equality, partnership, and mutual profitability." Areas of cooperation and exchange include: local government, business and economic development, social services, education, science and research, visual arts, music, and tourism. Representatives from both regions make regular trips across the Atlantic to learn from one another.


*To learn more about this exciting initiative, please contact Jiten Shah at (270) 926-4433.