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Justin Bickle
Director, Project Management

Justin Bickle

Business Development and Project Management

Role and Responsibilities

Justin leads the activities of the project management team the active pipeline of Columbus 2020 expansion projects, placing an emphasis on the strategic qualification of growth opportunities.

He consults clients through the site location process to help them take advantage of the Columbus Region’s business advantages, and works with the project management team to provide best-in-class client service including real estate assistance, market validation and analysis, public and private partner connections, and state and local incentive negotiations.

Justin has economic development employment experience in the public sector, private non-profit organizations and private sector companies. His site selection experience has included projects in the U.S. and Mexico, sector-specific corporate real estate for global logistics operations, and a diverse set of clients ranging across the Columbus Region’s economic base industries

Notable Expansion Projects

Past Experience and Education

Experience

  • Manager, Corporate Real Estate, DHL
  • Economic Development Specialist, Niagara Bottling

Education

  • Graduate, Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute Master of Public Administration, Bowling Green State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, Bowling Green State University

Board and Community Involvement

  • Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Why do you live in the Columbus Region?

I was born and raised in Central Ohio, went away for college and migrated to Texas upon graduation, then took the opportunity to move back to continue my career in economic development. The past decade has reassured me that there is no better place in the country to receive an education, work for a world-class employer, and enjoy arts and entertainment.

Why do you work in economic development? 

I believe in the concentrated effort to improve the economic vitality and quality of life in a community through job creation and investment. The economic development profession is exceptional, and gives unique exposure to priorities and needs of companies, whether they’re new to the market or an existing entity. Every conversation and passing day is different.