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Economic Development

5800 Shier Rings Road
Dublin, Ohio, USA 43016

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614.410.4618

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    Colleen M. Gilger

    CEcD, Director of Economic Development

    Colleen Gilger is the City of Dublin’s Economic Development Director. She has served the City’s Economic Development office since 2003; and in its Community Relations office from 1997-2003.

    Colleen leads the City’s economic development initiatives and over sees the City’s economic development administrators.

    According to City Manager Dana McDaniel, Colleen has helped build many of the City’s economic development incentive and broadband programs. In addition she has well-established relationships and networks in the regional business, real estate and development communities.

    Colleen holds the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

    Colleen’s favorite place outside work is just about any soccer field cheering on her two daughters. Originally from Cleveland, Colleen has a tried and true love-hate relationship with all Cleveland sporting teams.

    Rachel Ray

    AICP, Economic Development Administrator

    Rachel Ray began her career at the City of Dublin as an intern in 2007 and was hired as a Planner in 2008. After 8 years in the Planning Department working on significant development projects including the Bridge Street District, Rachel transitioned to the City’s Economic Development Division in July 2015, where she is excited to work on adding vibrancy to Dublin’s great places with Dublin’s corporate citizens and talented workforce.

    Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Masters of City and Regional Planning, both from the Ohio State University. Rachel is currently serving her second term as Treasurer for the Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association Board of Trustees. She is also a graduate of Leadership Dublin Class of 2013.

    Rachel is an avid reader, runner, foodie, and world traveler, and she has a passion for creating and sustaining great places. Since her first day with the City of Dublin, she has learned that great places depend on a healthy economic climate. From mixed-use, urban environments to high-tech business clusters, she understands that the relationship between economic vitality and sense of place is critical and requires thoughtful planning and cultivation of relationships.

    Sara O'Malley

    Economic Development Administrator

    Sara O’Malley began her career in public service nearly a decade ago as an Events Specialist for the City’s Division of Community Events, specializing in public and media relations, social media strategy and brand marketing. She developed extensive relationships with the Dublin business community through her role supporting corporate sponsorship for the City’s flagship event, the Dublin Irish Festival. The largest event of its kind, the Festival boasts a three-day economic impact to the Central Ohio region of $8.5 million. In 2019, Sara transitioned to the Economic Development Team as an Administrator with relationship focuses in the City’s Bridge Street District (including historic downtown Dublin) and the Perimeter Commerce District. Sara earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from Bowling Green State University.

    Prior to joining the City of Dublin, Sara worked for the largest locally owned commercial real estate company in Columbus, NAI Ohio Equities, and for Quest Software, a multi-million dollar software company headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California with Dublin roots.  Her diverse background in these areas has proven to be a true asset in her strategic transition to the Economic Development team.

    Sara is a member of the Ohio Economic Development Association, International Economic Development Council, and the American Marketing Association. She also sits on the Advisory Boards of Dublin City Schools’ Start-Up and Business Academies.  Sara’s family resides in one of the City’s earliest neighborhoods and as a life-long Dublin resident, is a champion of all things Dublin.

    Eric J. Meyer

    Economic Development Administrator

    Born and raised in the Dublin, Ohio area, Eric brings a passion for continuing to grow Dublin in a way that meets current and future challenges. Eric is responsible for managing and growing business relationships in the Shier Rings Techflex and Metro Office Business Districts in the City of Dublin. He also works collaboratively with his Dublin Economic Development colleagues to attract new employers from targeted industries to the City.

    Before joining the City of Dublin, Eric managed the financing, development and construction of multimillion dollar affordable and workforce housing developments in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Columbus for both national and local developers. Previously, Eric worked at the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Capital South. In this role Eric managed the solicitation and contracting of public projects such as a new combined park and parking garage, and worked with a range of public and private stakeholders in order to see complex projects through from planning, to concept, to reality.

    Eric is a member of the Urban Land Institute, International Economic Development Council, and serves on the board of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs Alumni Society. A two-time graduate of the Ohio State University, Eric has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in History, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Agricultural, Environment, and Development Economics as well as a Master of Education from John Carroll University.

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