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Senior Vice President, Economic Development

Patty Huddle

Business Development, Project Management

Role and Responsibilities

As senior vice president Patty leads the Prepared Communities Win initiative. She is also the primary point of contact for redevelopment projects and oversight of execution of the site redevelopment pilot program.

Patty has worked in economic development for 21 years within a variety of environments, from departments of one to organizations with large teams. She has in-depth technical economic development program expertise and understanding of local and state government and other public structures. She was also on the team responsible for the first Privatization in Place, resulting from a Base Realignment and Closure action.

While in the private sector, Patty worked for a publicly-traded health insurance provider and international franchise organization.

Patty’s blend of private and public sector experience provides unique motivation, insights and understanding of the perspectives around the table when companies are planning to expand.

Notable Projects

  • Alliance Data’s expansion resulting in the addition of 700 new jobs and development of state-of-the-art corporate campus.
  • Quantum Health’s expansion project, which double the presence of the company.
  • The attraction of Italian tissue maker Sofidel, resulting in the creation of over 300 new jobs

Awards and Recognition

Upper Arlington Business Person of the Year

Past Experience and Education

Experience

  • Sales, TechSolve
  • Special Projects Manager, Ohio Department of Development,
  • Deputy City Manager, Economic Development, Upper Arlington

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and International Business, The Ohio State University

Certifications

  • Certified Economic Development Financial Professional

Board and Community Involvement

  • Board Member, MidOhio Development Exchange
  • Board Member, Ohio Economic Development Association
  • Volunteer, American Brain Tumor Association

Why do you live in the Columbus Region?

This area has a great blend of access to natural and urban amenities.  I can hang in the rural areas and commune with nature or venture into the city to hang with millions enjoying arts and entertainment. I also love the culinary scene here!

Why do you work in economic development?

It’s exciting to have been involved in the renaissance of the Columbus Region. It’s fun to live in the place I helped transform, and know that our work helps create opportunities and change lives. Every day and every client is different, and there is never a dull moment.