The Delaware County Commissioners approved the hiring of Robert Lamb last week as the new Economic Development Director for Delaware County. Lamb has most recently served as the Community and Economic Development Manager for the city of Upper Arlington, a position he has held since March 2012.
“After an extensive national search, we found the right person in our own backyard. Quality of life involves our schools and our neighborhoods, but it also means creating quality jobs and revenue opportunities to provide for county services. We have extremely high expectations for Bob and the good news is that we believe he is up to the task of producing for all county residents at the highest level. Bob will joined us on August 24 and we are excited to have him as our new Economic Development Director,” said Commissioner Gary Merrell.
Commissioner Barb Lewis also expressed her enthusiasm and excitement for bringing Bob on board. “He has so many qualifications and credentials, including being very experienced with encouraging business development. In a former career, he helped local businesses host the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona in 2008 and I know he will be an asset in bringing new businesses and jobs to our County,” Commissioner Lewis said.
While in Upper Arlington, Bob finalized the Lane Avenue Mixed Use Project with a 109-room hotel, 108 residential units, 300 space parking garage and 26,000 square feet of commercial space; created and implemented the new redevelopment incentive policy that has resulted in four commercial building rehab projects in two years; and successfully retained a major employer’s headquarters within the city.
Tim Hansley, County Administrator, added that Bob comes highly- recommended with excellent references and had been interviewed and recommended by a panel of local business leaders as part of the selection process.
Bob received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Bowling Green State University, his Master of Urban Planning and Development degree from Cleveland State University, and his Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Established in 1808, Delaware County is located in the center of Ohio, is 459 square miles in size, and serves our almost 190,000 residents. Delaware County is one of the top 50 employers in Central Ohio and continues to be the fastest growing county in the state.
Information for this story came from the Delaware County Commissioners at < www.co.delaware.oh.us >.