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Jung Kim
Managing Director, Research and Business Intelligence

Jung Kim

Research

Role and Responsibility

Jung leads the research team in gathering and analyzing information to support the Columbus Region’s economic success. This includes studies of Columbus Region industries, supply chains and workforce, as well as work that supports marketing, lead generation, RFI responses, client requests related to location decisions, and inquiries from media, local governments and other organizations.

Jung has deep content knowledge of standard and non-traditional economic, business and demographic data and information sources, combined with rigorous analytical and communication skills that help Columbus 2020 present findings to team members, clients, community stakeholders and partners.

Jung has been an integral part of the teams that have produced Columbus Global Connect, various Columbus Region industry profiles and content, the development and maintenance of unique databases, and analysis of the Columbus 2020 project pipeline, business development activity and overall performance.

Past Experience and Education

Experience

  • Director of Community Data Services, Community Research Partners
  • Principal Planner, State of New Jersey-Office of Smart Growth
  • Economics and Planning Associate, Strategic Planning Advice

Education

  • M.S. Regional and Urban Planning, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • B.A. in Sociology and Urban Studies, Northwestern University

Board and Community Involvement

  • United Schools Network, Board of Trustees
  • MORPC Regional Data Advisory Committee, Vice Chair
  • LifeCare Alliance
  • Meals on Wheels

Why do you live in the Columbus Region?

Columbus has much of what bigger cities have to offer, without the hassles.  You don’t have to plan half a day around getting to the airport, wait up all night in line or online for event tickets, or live in a garage and use a compost bucket as a toilet.

Why do you work in economic development?

Business, work and money are only means to an end – that end being self-sufficiency, prosperity, comfort and happiness for people and community. Economic development is the link between business (for us, the what) and community (the why).