Vice President, Economic Development
Horton Hobbs has been serving as Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce since January 2012. In his position, he works closely with local economic development partners to assist existing businesses, attract new businesses, develop real estate, and aggressively market the community. Since his arrival at the Chamber, he has coordinated efforts that have resulted in approximately 3,900 jobs created, 4,600 retained, nearly 200 Million in new investments, and the development of a $9 Million-200 acre industrial park.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Horton spent six years with the Springfield Foundation, a local community foundation, serving as their Development Officer. His previous work experience included positions as the Executive Director of the Center City Association, Planning Director for the City of New Carlisle and as Regional Planner for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Wittenberg University in 1997 and his MA in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University in 2002. In May 2013, he was named as one of the Dayton Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40.” He is actively involved with a variety of nonprofit organizations including Mid-America Economic Development Council Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Springfield, Ohio, United Way, Mental Health Foundation, and Mental Health Services Board for Clark County and Madison Counties.