Jeff Finkle, IEDC, to Keynote Regional Conference

We are excited to welcome Jeff Finkle, CEcD, to Buckeye Hills Regional Council on October 4 for our first ever Regional Conference: Success Through Collaboration. Finkle will address the role of Collaboration in Economic Development. Finkle is the Voinovich School's Appalachian New Economy Partnership Fellow and President and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Learn about Jeff Finkle’s background below! And click here to learn more about our Regional Conference: Success Through Collaboration.

Sponsors of the Regional Conference include Mom’s Meals, Hull & Associates, AT&T, Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs, JobsOhio, and Schwendeman Agency.


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Jeff Finkle serves as the Voinovich School's Appalachian New Economy Partnership Fellow. A recognized leader and international authority on economic development, Finkle is President and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world's largest economic development membership organization. He contributes his expertise on community revitalization, business development and job creation to communities and economic development professionals.

As head of IEDC, Finkle oversees an organization with more than 5,000 members across the United States, as well as Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other nations. Finkle has established multilateral partnerships with regional and national economic development organizations around the world.

A former Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Finkle also has been a longtime leader in community service and philanthropy. In 2005, he organized 250 economic development volunteers to work in Gulf Coast communities endeavoring to recover from Hurricane Katrina. IEDC continues to support communities struggling to recover from tragic natural disasters.  And in 1989 he founded the Bollinger Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to children who have lost a parent who worked in the field of economic development.

Finkle received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications in 1976 from Ohio University and pursued graduate studies in business administration at The Ohio State University. He holds the professional certification for economic developers known as the CEcD.

Drew Tanner