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Senior Economic Development and Public Sector Leader

Dayton, OH
February 19, 2020

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Pete Bales, ICMA-CM, CPRP

**** ****** **** *****, ***********, OH 45431 · 937-***-**** ·

Senior Economic Development and Public Sector Leader

An accomplished and trusted municipal economic development, policy and issue leader with a breadth and depth of experience working at all levels of local, county and state government. A skilled and experienced project management expert with demonstrated skills in public affairs, negotiation strategy, marketing and media relations, stakeholder engagement, program and project management, leadership development, human resources, and information technology.

Collaborative leader with experience in bringing together large teams, creating strategic plans, with a proven track record for implementing successful multi-million-dollar initiatives aimed at advancing a common goal and building diverse coalitions resulting in a highly efficient organizational unit that consistently produces high quality work, on time and under budget.

Core Competencies

Strategic Planning Facility Development and Management

Project Management Business Development

Public Affairs and Strategic Communication Constituent Engagement

Professional Experience

Local Gov Consultants, LLC, Beavercreek, OH 2019 to present

Principal Consultant working to bridge the gap between the public, non-profit and educational sectors and the private sector by providing advocacy, knowledge, insight, connections, and extensive program and project management experience to influence actions, improve processes, create efficiencies, design programs, and improve communication resulting in effective decision making, quicker timelines and increased cost savings and revenue for clients.

Significant Accomplishments

Led master planning efforts for the Miami Conservancy District by developing facility standards throughout the region which resulted in system-wide continuity and easier decision making for capital improvement spending.

Spearheaded business development efforts for a private-sector firm who is expanding into southwest Ohio and interested in doing business with the municipal sector. My advocacy resulted in increased awareness of service product and has generated nearly fifty qualified leads which I am actively converting into sales.

City of Fairborn, Fairborn, OH 2002 to 2019

Assistant City Manager

Served as Chief Operating Officer for City with multiple Departments and Divisions. Responsibilities include setting goals, monitoring project progress, performing personnel evaluation, monitoring budget and stakeholder engagement. Oversight of an $18M operational budget and a $78M capital improvement budget with direction of 250 employees.

Led strategic communications with all levels of management, board and constituents.

Planned, programmed and implemented facility maintenance, enhancements and renovations at over twenty locations ensuring longevity of capital assets.

Significant Accomplishments

Led economic development efforts in the downtown commercial corridor in collaboration with the business sector resulting in $10 million dollars in revitalization efforts, blight remediation, new business start-ups, creative economic development incentives, and an increase of visitors by 109%.

Public Administrative Services Director

Oversight and responsibility for eight key departments, established goals, provided leadership, direction, guidance and evaluation to ensure efficient operations. Continually evaluated project performance to identify and implement strategies to reduce project costs.

Significant Accomplishments

Spearheaded over $150 million in infrastructure improvements leading to increased economic development opportunities in previously underserved areas of the City. Led organizational transformation in several Departments resulting in greater organization efficiency and improved service levels to constituents by 20%.

Park and Recreation Director

Hired to revitalize the program and division. Together, the team transformed an ailing park system into the regions premier outdoor recreational destination. Acquired funding, organized and motivated staff, developed plans and implemented strategies which produced overwhelmingly successful results for constituents.

Significant Accomplishments

Worked with elected body and state legislators to secure funding for the acquisition and development of a 200-acre park. Developed park in collaboration with Wright State University for educational endeavors and adjacent property owners for economic development initiatives.

Education and Certifications

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH Bachelor of Science, Education

Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM), International City Managers Association

Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP), National Parks and Recreation Association

Professional Associations

International City Managers Association

Ohio City/County Managers Association

American Public Works Association

National Recreation and Parks Association

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, Ethics Committee Chair

Community Service

City Council Member, Beavercreek, OH 2020 to present

Elected by the citizens of Beavercreek, Ohio to serve on the Beavercreek City Council. Beavercreek is the23rd largest city in Ohio serving nearly 50,000 residents.

Board Member, Owen’s Place Inclusive Park, Beavercreek, OH 2018 to present

Serve on a volunteer board to develop a completely, inclusive park geared for autistic children in Beavercreek Township. To date, the Board has raised over $1,500,000 and has approximately another $500,000 in fundraising goals to complete a multiple phase project.

Rotary Club, Fairborn and Beavercreek, OH 2005 to present

Past President of the Fairborn Rotary Club and member of the Board of Directors performing philanthropic activities revolving around literacy, public health, and poverty.

Optimist Club, Greene County, OH 2019 to present

Actively involved in community activities geared toward improving youth throughout the community.

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