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Chris Strayer

Chris Strayer

Senior Project Manager


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Role and Responsibilities
Chris Strayer joined the Columbus 2020 team in November 2011. As senior project manager, Chris is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with company leaders, site selection consultants and other key officials. Chris manages various attraction, expansion and startup projects from inception to closing.

Notable Projects
Among Chris' notable projects are Avnet's 2013 expansion that included the creation of 300 new jobs, Verizon's 2013 expansion that included the creation of 2,000 new jobs and Bell Incorporated's 2015 location that included the creation of 275 new jobs.

Past Experience
Speical Project Manager, Ohio Department of Development
Development Director, City of Canal Winchester

Community Involvement
Chris serves as chair of the Harrison Township board of zoning appeals and as charter member of the Canal Winchester Rotary Club.

Bachelor of Science in urban and regional planning, Michigan State University

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Ask Chris

Why do you work in economic development?
Our industry allows us to work with companies, governments and other organizations to create jobs and improve the lives of citizens. We get to think outside the box to create solutions to problems that will have positions impact on our communities.

Why do you live in the Columbus Region?
Being from Columbus originally, I have always had an affinity for the people in the community and their great sense of work ethic, collaboration and hospitality.

I have watched Columbus grow to a large city with many opportunities both culutrally and economically yet it maintains its sense of place and community pride.

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