COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) announced Tuesday Jennifer Tisone Price has joined the association as acting Executive Director.
OEDA represents economic development professionals, business leaders, and elected officials who seek to increase economic prosperity in Ohio. The association advocates on behalf of economic development issues important to growing the state economy, offers professional development and continuing education, and provides networking opportunities for its members.
Price joins OEDA at an important time for the association which has seen significant growth over the past several years, underscoring the importance of economic development professionals in Ohio. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the association management, communications and government relations fields.
“With the growing importance of economic development and the continuing need to stay up-to-date on emerging issues, bringing Jennifer on-board right now enables us to expand and enhance our member services and benefits,” Paul Brehm, OEDA President and Economic Development Director for the City of Forest Park, said.
Brehm pointed to the association’s important role as the only association dedicated to representing economic development professionals in Ohio as a key reason for its sustained growth over the past several years.
“The need to provide services to the individuals on the front lines of economic development in our Ohio is critical if we are to move our state and local communities forward,” Brehm said. “We ensure our members, from city mayors and development directors to port authority executives and industry leaders are best prepared, informed, and engaged in the discussions and decisions that impact the state’s economic future.”
Price’s two decades of experience include serving as Vice President of Communications at the Ohio Society of CPAs, Vice President of Public Affairs at the American Lung Association of Ohio and Director of Public Policy at the Ohio Nurses Association. In addition to her association work, Price spent several years in the legislative arena as a communications director and a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives and was also a Legislative Service Commission Fellow.
“I am honored to join the Ohio Economic Development Association. OEDA is in a unique position to convene, communicate and connect economic development professionals and stakeholders from around the state to enhance job growth and investment to build and maintain strong communities. I am excited to play a leadership role in these efforts,” Price said.
In addition to her new role at OEDA, Price is a member of City of Gahanna Planning Commission and American Society of Association Executives. She received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism and specialized certificate in political communications from Ohio University. Price has received a number of professional awards from the Ohio Society of Association Executives and Public Relations Society of America. She was also recognized by Columbus Business First as one of the city’s Forty Under 40 and is a graduate of Leadership Columbus.