Economic Development: County Focus

October 28, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Please join us for the second virtual panel in our economic development series. In this session, we'll hear from county economic developers, as we discuss the many challenges and opportunities in our region. We will hear from many of the most influential development leaders and influencers in the region. You'll have time to ask those burning questions, as well, in this interactive session. 

Please plan on sticking around to reconnect with familiar faces and meet some new ones! There will be dedicated time at the end our program for facilitated networking in small groups. Business development, building your network, and nurturing relationships is a challenge for us all in this new virtual world. SMPS is committed to helping you maintain and expand your network regardless of the format. You'll see this dedicated time in a variety of formats with our programming this year. 

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Here's who we'll hear from:

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED (Kenton, Boone, Campbell Counties) | Christine Russell - VP of Strategy

Christine is responsible for defining and implementing the strategic direction of the organization as well as managing the day-to-day operations and finances. She previously served as Economic Development Director for the City of Springdale, Ohio where she focused on expanding the economic base of the city through business attraction, business retention/expansion, and project development.  Her work resulted in $120 million in additional payroll and over 1,350 new/retained jobs in Springdale.  Christine has held leadership positions in a number of professional organizations including Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), for which she currently serves as the Chair of the Cincinnati District Council.  She is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati (Class 33) and the winner of the 2016 CREW Leadership Award.

Clermont County | Michael McNamara - Director of Community & Economic Development

Michael McNamara is Clermont County’s Director of Community and Economic Development.  In this capacity, he leads the county’s Port Authority as well as the Community Improvement Corporation.  McNamara also oversees the county’s GIS department as well as the Planning Department and Building Department.  Prior to joining the team at Clermont County, McNamara was Development Administrator for Butler County where he led the Butler County Port Authority as well as the Butler County Land Bank.  While there, he oversaw over $350 million in capital investment while also addressing residential blight issues.  McNamara graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Ohio University.  When not working for the County, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young boys.

Montgomery County | Dan Bish - Community & Economic Development Specialist

Dan Bish has been a Community & Economic Development Specialist with Montgomery County, Ohio since 2016 where he focuses on business retention, expansion and attraction project management. He helps administer the BusinessFirst! For a Greater Dayton Region program, a regional business retention and expansion program made up of about 34 local jurisdictions in a five-county region (Darke, Preble, Miami, Montgomery and Greene Counties) and over 100 resource partners. Dan also manages Montgomery County’s Economic Development/Government Equity (ED/GE) grant program which annually distributes $2.5 million to retention, expansion, and attraction projects each year.  Since 2010, ED/GE companies have committed to creating and retaining over 18,000 jobs and the program has leveraged $50 of private investment for every $1 of ED/GE.

Warren County | Matthew Schnipke - Director Warren County Economic Development & Deputy Director Warren County Port Authority

As a representative of the third fastest growing county in the State of Ohio, Matt’s primary responsibility is to attract and retain business investment within Warren County. Since joining the office in 2014, Matt has participated in the creation of thousands of new jobs, millions of square feet of new construction and over $1 billion of new investment inside of Warren County. Matt also coordinates with local, state and federal agencies to conduct a Business Outreach Program implemented to foster continued success and future expansion of current companies located within the County. Matt works closely with workforce development organizations and educational providers such as the Workforce Investment Board, Sinclair Community College, and the Warren County Career Center. Matt currently serves as the Chair of the Warren County Small Business Development Alliance which connects small businesses to resources needed for growth.


2:00pm Introduction

2:15pm Program

3:00pm Networking break-out rooms 

3:30pm Conclusion

For any questions on this program or registration, please contact Janet Heil at [email protected] or 859-630-2068.

Online registration closes at 12 pm on 10/28. 


$10.00 Greater Cincinnati SMPS Member

$10.00 MEMBER of Partner Organization (ACI, ABC, NAWIC, SDA, ASPE, SMPS chapter)

$20.00 Guest Ticket