Ohio Department of Development
Chief Economic Development Officer
Mark Barbash was appointed Chief Economic Development Officer and Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Development in March, 2003. He is responsible for developing strategy, advancing key development projects, and management of eight divisions of the Department. Previously, Mark Barbash served for seven years as Director of the Columbus (Ohio) Development Department, leading the City’s the city’s programs for economic and neighborhood development, housing, social services, building and zoning codes, planning, downtown development.
Mark’s experience has also included Executive Director of Columbus Countywide Development Corporation, a non-profit small business lender; Vice President of Miller & Schroeder Investment Banking; Vice President of the National Development Council, and serving on the staffs of a number of Wisconsin elected officials.
Mark serves on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council, the national association for development professionals. In 2007, he received the “Fellow Membership Designation” from IEDC, for achieving unusual stature in the field of economic development. He is also a nationally recognized trainer in business and real estate financing and has taught for a wide range of national economic development organizations.