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Jeremiah Gracia returned to the City of Dublin as Director of Economic Development in 2023 after serving as Director of Economic Development for the City of Grand Rapids, Mich., from 2020-2023. He previously worked for Dublin as Economic Development Administrator from 2011 to 2020. Mr. Gracia brings more than 16 years of experience to this role, where he leads the City’s efforts in business recruitment, retention and expansion.
Prior to his roles with Grand Rapids and the City of Dublin, Mr. Gracia worked in Findlay, Ohio, with the Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development Office. In 2014, he served as president of the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA). He was named to the Development Counsellors International (DCI) list of “40 Under 40 in Economic Development” in 2017.
He holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from Bowling Green State University. He received his Certified Economic Developer professional designation in 2015 from the International Economic Development Council.
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 is immediate past 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.