Vice President, Strategy and Research
Jacob coordinates research for the Cleveland Plus region’s business attraction efforts to better serve the information requirements of Team NEO’s various partners and communities engaged in targeted and sustainable region-wide economic growth. His responsibilities include examining, obtaining, developing, providing and analyzing data for medium to large company attraction efforts, spatial display and analysis of data with ESRI ArcView GIS, industry- and occupation-based research, target industries and value chain identification, and marketing support.
Jacob has been with Team NEO since 2008 and previously served as an integral part of the organization’s business attraction efforts. Prior to joining Team NEO, Jacob was a graduate and research assistant for The Center for Public Management/Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center where he conducted a regional economic impact study for the Cuyahoga County Department of Development, co-developed metrics for use by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), and developed social indicators for pending U.S. EPA litigation.
Jacob holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, where he also holds a Master of Science in Urban Studies. Jacob is currently pursuing his Doctoral of Economic Development from Cleveland State. He is a member or the Urban Studies Association, American Economics Association and American Planning Association.