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State development officials – roles and responsibilities


The Ohio Dept. of Development

The Ohio Department of Development, an agency of the state, has the mission of improving the economy and quality of life for all Ohioans.  It does this through a variety of ways, by assisting in community development, economic development, export promotion, technology development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, etc.  The Division that handles economic development is called the “Strategic Business Investment Division,” and within that division are several offices that assist with specific areas: the office of tax incentives, the office of financial incentives, and the office of business development. 

The Office of Business Development

The Office of Business Development is charged with working with businesses to determine if projects that they are considering are eligible for state assistance, to assist in creating an incentives package for the project, and to assist a company obtain approvals for incentives.  There are eight “Business Development Managers” that work with companies and act as external customer service representatives.  They have two functions: (1) to cover certain areas of the state (aka “regions”) and handle the companies in them or looking to locate them; and (2) to handle targeted industries and companies.

Business Development Manager (BDM) responsibilities

The BDM who covers the Dayton region (Region 4), which includes Clark, Champaign, Greene, Clinton, Montgomery, Miami, Shelby, Darke and Preble counties, is Michelle Miller.  Michelle’s phone number is 614.644.9759 and her email address is michelle.miller@development.ohio.gov.  I always recommend touching base with a local economic development official first, such as myself or Tom Franzen.

Industry BDM Phone
Advanced Energy Martin Irvine 614-466-4551
Aerospace Patty Huddle 614-466-7061
Agriculture/Food Rebecca Gray 614-466-3164
BioScience/Products Alexis Fitzsimmons 614-644-6546
Corp. Services Brad Biggs 614-644-3164
Distribution/Logistics Michelle Miller 614-644-9759
Instruments/Controls Brenda Sinclair 614-752-8700
Motor Vehicles/Parts Eric Neff/Martin Irvine 614-466-5656
Polymers/Adv. Mtls Matthew Kirk 614-466-4184
Auto OEMs    
Ford Eric Neff 614-466-5656
GM Megan Gordon/AF 614-466-9627
Chrysler Brenda Sinclair 614-752-8700
Asia Eric Neff/Martin Irvine 614-466-5656
European Eric Neff/Martin Irvine 614-466-5656
Other Assignment    
EPA Brad Biggs 614-644-3164
Film Matthew Kirk 614-466-4184
GE Patty Huddle 614-466-7061
Steel Matthew Kirk 614-466-4184
Site Selection David Meadows 614-466-4551


Other important contacts

There are several other important ODOD officials who are important for companies in Clark County (Region 4).

  • Kari Garnes, Global Trade Development Manager (614.466.5336) 
  • Kevin Carver, Regional Economic Development Manager (937.285.6184)
  • Mary Benedict, Workforce Director (937.285.6185)

>> Ohio Dept. of Development (ODOD)

>> ODOD – Strategic Business Investment Division

>> ODOD – Regional Assignments

>> ODOD – Global Markets Division


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