From City Hall to 3CDC

After almost three years in the job, Cincinnati’s economic development director is leaving that post to move to the private sector.

City officials announced today that Chad Munitz is resigning his position next month to become an executive vice president with the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC).

Formed in 2003 at the urging of a mayoral task force, 3CDC is a private development firm responsible for assembling deals and providing investment capital for projects on the riverfront, around Fountain Square and near Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. In his city job, Munitz has worked closely with 3CDC on a number of projects, including Fountain Square’s ongoing redesign.

Interim City Manager David Rager named Mark McKillip as temporary economic development director, effective Aug. 13. McKillip is a 31-year-veteran at City Hall, where he has served in various capacities, most recently as project manager for the $135 million expansion of downtown’s convention center.

As part of his job, McKillip will be responsible for coordinating job retention and attraction activities with outside groups such as 3CDC, as well as managing requests for city funding for economic development projects within city limits. Corporations that have received subsidies or tax breaks in recent years include Convergys Corp. and the Kroger Co.

— Kevin Osborne

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