Steve Fritsch Receives 40 Under 40 Award In Economic Development

Steve Fritsch Receives “40 Under 40” Award in Economic Development

FritschSteve Fritsch, director, regional business development for Team NEO has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s “40 Under 40” awards, the first awards program recognizing young talent in the economic development profession.

A five-member selection committee chose the winners from a pool of more than 150 candidates based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.

“Steve is a positive force in our region. He has a strong understanding of the economic development system in Northeast Ohio and the ability to get results,” said Christine Nelson, vice president, regional business development for Team NEO. “His insight and experience are invaluable to the companies and partners that look to him for guidance.”

Fritsch works closely with companies and communities to connect them with regional resources and state programs for business growth and job creation. He has a background in economic development, strategic consulting, regional collaboration, project management and marketing solutions.

DCI’s “40 Under 40” award was designed to discover the economic development profession’s rising stars.

“The people chosen by the selection committee represent a bright future for the economic development world,” said Andy Levine, president of DCI. “They are a new breed of results-driven, place makers. We’re very pleased to see Steve Fritsch among the winners.”

DCI officially announced the winners last night at an awards reception during the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in Orlando and will feature an in-depth profile of each on its website during 2013.

For more information on DCI’s “40 Under 40” winners, visit

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