Master of Public Administration – Northern Kentucky University (2010); Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Eastern Michigan University (2006)
Economic Development Finance Professional Certification (NDC)
James has over 10 years of organizational leadership experience, including five years in local government. Most recently, James served as the Director of Economic Development and Public Information Officer for Deerfield Township in Warren County, Ohio. Previously, he was a Development Officer and oversaw the Policy and Communication Division for the Department of Community and Economic Development at the City of Cincinnati.
James’ areas of expertise include economic development, project management, and performance measurement. In addition, he is a skilled communicator, analyst, and creative problem solver.
During his tenure at Deerfield Township, James worked closely with entrepreneurs looking to start a business, assisted existing companies with relocations and expansions, and managed development projects of varying scales. He also served on the Executive Board of the Warren County Small Business Development Alliance.
At the City of Cincinnati, James was instrumental in developing strategic plans to address smart city initiatives, small business growth, retail revitalization in the urban core, and foreign direct investment.
James has presented at several state and regional conferences on smart cities, data and demographics, and economic development’s relationship to parks. He is also an Adjunct Instructor for the Northern Kentucky University Master of Public Administration program, where he teaches Community Development, Public Policy, and Budgeting.
James earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Kentucky University.