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With more than 25 years of Economic Development experience, Jennifer Klus has brought her talent and vision to the City of Dublin, Ohio.
Previously, Ms. Klus was the Clinton County Port Authority’s first Economic Development Director. Under Ms. Klus’ direction, the Port Authority was named a “Best Workplace in Ohio” and “Best Airport” by the Ohio Business Magazine in 2020 and 2021. The Port Authority also received regional and international recognition for it’s marketing efforts of Economic Development Week 2021. She also created a partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program to bring professional expertise to the County for small business start-up assistance.
Prior to the Clinton County Port Authority, Ms. Klus worked for the City of Middletown, City of Harrison, and the City of Hamilton in Economic Development.
A lifelong resident of Ohio, Ms. Klus graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in American Literature. Ms. Klus is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. In 2010, Ms. Klus was named as one of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 40 under Forty. In 2019, she was awarded as the Development Professional of the Year by the Ohio Economic Development Association. Her professional involvement includes serving as a Board Member and the Conference Chair for the Mid America Economic Development Council; as well as a past Board Chairman, Board Member and Chair of the Annual Summit for the Ohio Economic Development Association.
Jenna Goehring joined the City of Dublin as Economic Development Administrator in 2021. Jenna is responsible for building relationships with businesses in the Blazer Research, Emerald Corporate and West Innovation Business Districts of the City.
Jenna has been an economic development professional since 2013. Starting in Delaware County, she implemented economic and community development activities for the County including the business retention and expansion initiatives and CDBG program. Jenna also served as the Economic Development Manager for the City of Whitehall where she advanced the City’s business retention and expansion program, launched a podcast, implemented a micro-grant program during the COVID-19 pandemic, and managed significant redevelopment projects for the City. Prior starting in the economic development field, Jenna began her time in public service at the Greene County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Jenna has a Bachelor of Arts in Motion Picture History, Theory and Criticism from Wright State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Dayton. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange Board of Directors and is a member of Ohio Economic Development Association, the International Economic Development Council, and NAIOP. Jenna also holds the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council.
Kirby Dearth joined the City of Dublin as Economic Development Administrator in 2022. He is responsible for building relationships with businesses in the Perimeter, Shier Rings and Bridge Street Business Districts of the City, as well as DubLink Transport, the city-owned fiber optic highway.
Prior to joining Economic Development, Kirby was a management analyst for the City of Dublin, serving the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and City Council as a project manager, supervisor, and service provider. His responsibilities included development and coordination of policy research, recommendation development, and special project coordination. Kirby served as a member of a Community Task Force, working with Dublin residents to develop a comprehensive framework that outlined strategies for combating racism and inequities in the community.
Kirby received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Management, Leadership and Policy, with Cum Laude honors, and a master’s degree in Public Administration, both from The Ohio State University. Additionally, Kirby earned Black Belt Lean Six Sigma Certification.