Employee Spotlight Series: Anthony Iachini
In our 2019 Employee Spotlight Series, we are creating space to highlight the nearly 65 employees of Buckeye Hills Regional Council. Every year, we celebrate as a region the tremendous impact of our programs and services - an investment of nearly $1.2 billion into southeast Ohio since our inception in 1968 - but it’s our employees who work hard every day to breathe life into our mission and pour out into the eight-county region we serve.
Follow along as we feature three different employees every month!
Anthony is a Development Site Coordinator for Buckeye Hills Regional Council and has been in his current position since July 2014.
How would you describe your job to someone who is completely unfamiliar?
Anthony: I help market our region’s commercial sites and properties to companies looking to expand or move to our region. Southeast Ohio has a plethora of high quality sites ready for development and I help to make sure that we are competitive in submitting these sites for projects and development. I also work on other economic development initiatives such as our region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development that comes together with input from local community leaders, business owners, and government officials. The 2019 version will be available later this year.
What do you find most rewarding about your position?
A: The most rewarding part of my position is knowing that my work can impact local communities in a positive way. I have worked and lived in Southeast Ohio my whole life, so anything I can do to positively impact the region I try to do.
Why do you think the mission of Buckeye Hills is important to our region?
A: Our mission is important to the region because we are focused on growth, improvement, and problem solving. It is easy to point at the problems and challenges that our region faces but we focus on overcoming those challenges and advancing our local communities in any way that we can.
What is one thing you wish more people realized about Buckeye Hills?
A: Buckeye Hills’ work is so important for the local communities who are understaffed or underserved. Our aging programs have been such a benefit to the elderly in the region and our development programs help local communities with infrastructure, workforce, or economic needs. I wish more people knew the important role we play in the community.
If you had to choose a favorite program, service, or initiative of Buckeye Hills, which would that be and why?
A: My favorite initiative would be the Innovation Gateway Network. Through this program, a makerspace was created in Marietta and it has provided a work space for community members. It can be used for teaching, training, and work. The facility features some very nice equipment and will be an asset to our community.
What are you looking forward to most in your position this year?
A: This year I am looking forward to continuing to help local officials market their regions. My hope is that one of our major sites will be chosen for a large development project that can help the region immensely.