HCDC Senior Development Specialist Barry Strum will retire from the organization on Friday, December 1st. Barry first joined HCDC’s Economic Development Office in February 2006. Since that time he has administered Hamilton County’s Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), served as Economic Development Strategist for Columbia Township, and has authored 20 demographic, economic development, site analysis, and promotional studies/papers for various Hamilton County communities.
Prior to serving communities at HCDC, Strum was Executive Director for the University Heights Community Urban Development Corp (UHCURC), from 2003-2005. The corporation developed Stratford Heights, a 725-bed student residential community located on Clifton Avenue. It was the first off-campus, non-University of Cincinnati residential build in the initial wave of off-campus development. The community was designed for small group living, configured as a group of 16 free-standing houses and a commons dormitory, and was augmented by a central dining and recreational facility as well as an on-site parking garage.
Strum also has a background of Economic Development in Oxford, Ohio from 1999-2003 and in the City of Cincinnati from 1979-1999. In Cincinnati, he established the Cincinnati Development Corporation to make SBA 503 loans as well as developed a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)-based revolving fund to service downtown and city neighborhoods.
He began his Economic Development career in June 1975, with Dayton’s City-Wide Development Corporation and worked in urban homesteading, urban promotional programs, and collaborative work with banking and savings & loan entities.
The HCDC staff thanks Barry Strum for all of his years of hard work and dedication to helping Hamilton County communities grow and prosper. Best of luck in your future endeavors!