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Union County Economic Development Partnership Staff

Eric S. Phillips
Executive Director
Union County Economic Development Partnership

Since February 2001, Mr. Phillips has served as the Executive Director for the Union County Economic Development Partnership and as the Chief Executive Officer of the Union County Chamber of Commerce. He is currently the Executive Director for the Union County Community Improvement Corporation, the statutory economic development arm of the county, which is responsible for business retention and expansion, marketing and promotion of the community, and other economic development programs. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Marysville-Union County Port Authority which was established in 2009. Mr. Phillips oversees the entire Chamber umbrella organization including the Union County Economic Development Partnership, Union County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Marysville Business Association, Plain City Business Association, Richwood Area Business Association, Industrial Parkway Association, Safety Council, Union County Business, Education, and the Workforce Team and the Marysville Uptown revitalization efforts.

Mr. Phillips serves as a Board Member of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and as a Board Member and Past President of the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange. From a national perspective, Mr. Phillips currently serves on the board of National Rural Economic Developers Association and also chaired the host committee for the 2010 International Economic Development Council Annual Conference held in Columbus. He earned his B.A. from Muskingum College where he was a four-year letter winner and all-conference player in football. He received a Master in City and Regional Planning as well as a Master of Art in Public Policy and Management from the Ohio State University. He has various additional interests that include golfing, weightlifting, running, hiking, biking and tennis and is an avid reader of history and a collector of coins. His true love in the fall is Ohio State football.

Jason R. Stanford
Development Services Manager
Union County Economic Development Partnership

Mr. Stanford has served as the Development Services Manager for the Union County Economic Development Partnership since 2008. His primary areas of expertise include lead generation, business retention and expansion, downtown revitalization, economic and market analysis, and community outreach/marketing.

He is responsible for the daily coordination and management of Union County’s economic development services and programs, lead generation and response, workforce development initiatives, and the preparation of economic, market, and informational materials. Prior to this position, he served as the Assistant Director of the Belmont County, Ohio Department of Development.

Mr. Stanford has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Affairs/Economic Development from Wright State University and a Certificate of Nonprofit Administration from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance of Kansas City, Missouri. He is a member of the International Economic Development Council, graduate of the Union County and Belmont County Leadership Institutes, and has completed the Ohio Economic Development Course through the Ohio Economic Development Association.

He currently serves on the Ohio Economic Development Association Board of Directors.

His personal interests include meteorology, architecture, photography, travel, and music.

Union County Economic Development Partnership

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Marysville, Ohio 43040

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