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Laura Hess

Laura Hess

Research Manager


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Role and Responsibilities
Laura Hess joined the Columbus 2020 team in March 2014. As research manager, Laura provides research support to the business development and project management teams. Her role includes data collection and market research, assisting with site selection and suitability studies, and the creation of maps and reports using geographic information systems (GIS).

Notable Projects
Laura developed and maintains the Columbus Region Economic Dashboards.

Past Experience
Senior GIS Analyst, Cassidy Turley (now DTZ)
GIS Analyst, Grubb & Ellis | BRE Commercial, LLC (now Newmark Grubb Knight Frank)

Community Involvement
Laura volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.

Masters of Business Administration, University of Phoenix
Bachelor of Arts in geography, Bowling Green State University

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Ask Laura

Why do you work in economic development?
Economic development goes hand-in-hand with geography and is one of the few things that touches and makes an impact on everything – people, jobs, companies, business, community, quality of life.

Why do you live in the Columbus Region?
It gives me easy access and a good balance of everything I need in a place and has lots of potential to only improve.

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