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Robin Davis
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Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager

Media Advisory
News Date: April 08, 2020

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Names Michael Stevens Permanent Development Director

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced Michael Stevens will serve as the permanent Director of the Columbus Department of Development. Stevens has been serving as the interim director since September 2019.

“Mike is particularly well positioned to manage the needs of our neighborhoods now and as we transition through the COVID-19 public health crisis into a time of economic recovery,” said Mayor Ginther. “I have great confidence in his ability to serve our residents.”

Stevens has served as Chief Innovation Officer, spearheading the Smart Columbus initiative since 2017 and will continue to lead the effort through the grant’s deadline at the end of 2020. Prior to serving as Chief Innovation Officer, Stevens worked as the Deputy Director of the Columbus Department of Development until being named the CEO of Lake County Partners, a nonprofit economic-development organization outside Chicago, in 2012.

“I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Development Department and throughout the City, as well as our community partners, as we respond to the economic impact of the COVID crisis, continue to address affordable housing, and develop a growth strategy that will fuel prosperity for all residents.”