Jamie Beier Grant began her career in economic development in 2001, working for the Ohio Department of Development in the International Trade Division and Economic Development Division and began her move back home to Northwest Ohio in 2002 when she joined the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo as a Business Development Representative and Director of the Toledo Area International Trade Association.
In 2004, Ms. Beier Grant was hired as Director of the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, the County’s lead economic and workforce development agency. Since 2004, Ottawa County has seen new project investments of $790+ million and the creation of more than 750 jobs, including investments by Davis Besse, Materion-Brush Inc., Fenner Dunlop, USG, and ARES, Inc. As Director, Mrs. Beier Grant has leveraged $25+ million in financing and incentives for local business investments. In 2008, Ms. Beier Grant led construction of a $1.5 million 50,000 square foot speculative industrial building, which is now home to more than 150,000 square feet of space.
In 2013, Ms. Beier Grant was integral in establishing the Ottawa County Business Advisory Council (BAC), one of Ohio’s only comprehensive efforts to connect education and business leadership together to ensure our future workforce needs can be properly met. The BAC initiative has touched the lives of 1,600 local students and has been highlighted throughout the state and on a national HR level, and was a featured presentation at the 2015 United Way Worldwide Conference.
Ms. Beier Grant was appointed to the Ohio Tax Credit Authority by the Ohio Legislature and has served in leadership roles with the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association (NORED) and the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA). Ms. Beier Grant’s professional experience and goals in leadership capacities with NORED and OEDA focus on the creation of a vibrant business climate for Ottawa County, Northwest Ohio, and the State of Ohio.
In addition, she holds board positions with Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands, United Way in Ottawa County, and the Ohio Economic Development Association. Ms. Beier Grant also sits on the School Advisory Council for St. Boniface Catholic School, and has volunteered as a mentor to elementary students and a county-wide supervised visitation program, Joyful Connections.
Jamie Beier Grant is a 2010 20 Under 40 Leadership recipient, received the 2012 NORED Flame award for leadership, and was recognized as a 40 Under 40 Economic Development Leader in North America in 2015. She is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree in German and was accepted into the the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Leadership Program in 2017. She resides in Oak Harbor with her husband and two sons.