Where has the time gone? Since April 2, every day at HCDC has been exhilarating and exhausting. I’ve
spent time with each staff member, attended loan committees in Canton, Cincinnati, and Northern
Kentucky, participated in board and staff meetings, began walking the Business Center halls, and met
with Hamilton County officials and other partners and stakeholders. I’ve spent hours under the tolerant tutelage
of former President/CEO David Main and HCDC Comptroller Chris Wagner reviewing policies, history, and financials. And on May 2, following receipt of an award from the SBA recognizing his contributions over 35 years, David Main packed his last box into his car and began a well-deserved, month-long vacation that will lead to his next chapter.
What have I learned so far? I’ve confirmed what I long knew: HCDC is a credible, respected economic
development organization focused on driving business growth in our region. I’ve learned that we have
experienced, creative, and dedicated staff, board members, client companies, and ecosystem leaders
eager to share their skills and ideas to benefit our local small business community, and be patient with a new
What’s next? With the support of the Hamilton County Commission, HCDC is launching the Office of
Innovation + Creativity to propel growth in second stage companies: read more about this in this newsletter. We
are also adding training and events for community leaders, bankers, and entrepreneurs both in Greater
Cincinnati and in our Canton-based based office HCDC East.
With interest rates rising, the SBA 504 and Ohio Regional 166 loan programs are more important than ever for
business owners to utilize in buying their own facilities and equipment. For those businesses in the ideation state, HCDC also has space available in our CoWorks program. And there are Hamilton County communities working with our
economic development team regularly to leverage each other’s strengths in new collaborations. I’m grateful for
this opportunity to lead HCDC into the future and I welcome your feedback and ideas.