|RGP hires Mike Jay as director of strategic networks|
|Thursday, December 19, 2013 9:27 PM|
TOLEDO – To further enhance relationships and develop greater outreach in the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan regions, the Regional Growth Partnership has announced the hiring of Mike Jay to serve as director of strategic networks.
Jay will take over in this newly created position March 1, 2014. He currently serves as director of economic development for the city of Fremont.
“I have known Mike for more than 10 years, and he is without question one of the most respected and professional individuals in this industry,” said Dean Monske, president and CEO of the RGP. “This position is made for Mike and I am confident he will flourish.”
As director of strategic networks, Jay will be charged with regularly meeting with county commissioners, mayors and other elected officials to communicate the positive developments and successes of the RGP and JobsOhio. He will also regularly meet with economic development officials throughout the region to discuss RGP/JobsOhio programs and initiatives.
Jay has led the city of Fremont’s economic development department since 1992. Prior to that, he worked in various capacities at Terra Community College in Fremont including managing the Small Business Innovation Research program and leading the technology transfer process from higher education to industry.
Monske noted that Jay has nearly 30 years experience in economic development, which allows him to provide added value, expertise and contributions far beyond his actual title.
“Mike has a unique set of skills where he can assist our team in virtually any area, such as project management, site consultant visits, marketing and business development,” Monske said.
The Regional Growth Partnership is a private, nonprofit economic development group dedicated to fostering local, national and international business investment opportunities in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
JobsOhio is a private corporation led by business experts who are focused on driving job creation, new capital investment and economic growth for Ohio. Our success is tied to the JobsOhio Network, a partnership of statewide regional economic development organizations with deep ties to their local business communities. Together, we work with businesses to find the partners, sites and financial resources that help them meet their strategic goals.