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Chris Strayer
Senior Project Manager

Chris Strayer

Business Development and Project Management

Role and Responsibilities

Chris works to connect growing companies with resources that will help them start or grow in the Columbus Region. These resources include state and local incentives, project financing, workforce development and training funds, talent acquisition and recruitment programs, real estate assistance and public financing strategies.

In addition, Chris leads the SiteOhio site certification process for the Columbus Region. Chris assists property owners, real estate developers, local development officials, elected officials and utility providers in identifying property that has the most potential for development, and then guides them through the site certification process. This process includes real estate identification, site due diligence documents, utility location and capacity concerns, and site visit protocol.

With a background in land use planning, civil & environmental engineering, construction, land development and government at the local and state level, Chris understands the process that companies must embark upon for the expansion of their organization footprint.  Additionally, as an Economic Development Finance Professional, Chris understand the various financing considerations that companies must contend with to grow.

Notable Projects

  • Ascena Retail Group’s distribution and shared services center expansions, resulting in 376 jobs.
  • Verizon’s customer service center expansion resulting in 500 jobs
  • The expansion of Union Tank Car Company in Marion County, resulting in 200 new jobs
  • The consolidation of 12 Avnet Inc. facilities, resulting in hundreds of new jobs in Obetz.

Awards and Recognition

Economic Development Partner of the Year, Ohio Statewide Development Corporation, 2016

Past Experience and Education


  • Special Projects Manager, Ohio Department of Development
  • Development Director, City of Canal Winchester
  • Village Planner, Village of Granville
  • Urban Design and Planning Manager, HNTB Corporation


  • Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning, Michigan State University
  • Economic Development Finance Professional, National Development Council

Board and Community Involvement

  • Vice President and President-Elect, Mid America Economic Development Council
  • Board Member, NAIOP Central Ohio
  • Volunteer Coach, Granville Recreation District
  • Member, Columbus Rotary


Why do you live in the Columbus Region?

It’s exciting and vibrant, and has the charms of small town living with the amenities of a large metro.

Why do you work in economic development? 

It is great to work with companies of all sizes and industries, and working in economic development gives me an opportunity to help business owners realize the success they dream to have. I can also look back at the businesses that I have helped and know that I have worked to create tens of thousands of jobs for people in my community.