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THE WHITFIELD ADMINISTRATION

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Tim Williams, Interim Safety Service Director

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & BUSINESS SERVICES

Dawn Calvert, Director of Economic Development & Business Services

Calvert is the former president and CEO of Team Lorain County, with 10 years of experience in economic development. Her experience includes business retention and/or expansions, incentive packaging, brownfields and collaboration. 

Calvert is responsible for working with City departments to ensure that operations are efficient and business-friendly, all while developing and managing Economic Transformation and Business Services programs and initiatives, including: The Skill City/Elyria Works 2.0 Initiative, new Economic Development and Business Services, and the ETABS Council.

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Mark Ballard II, Mayor’s Liaison 

Mark is a Lorain High School and Lorain County Community College graduate through the Early College program. Since then, Mark has earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Morehouse College, and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Mississippi College School of Law. Mark brings years of community engagement experience, having worked at the Lorain County Urban League for several years. Through Mark’s short career, he has devoted his time to public service throughout Northeast Ohio, and is eager to support the needs of Elyrians.

Jim Taylor, Administrative Counsel

Jim is a longtime Elyrian and president of The Law Firm of James N. Taylor Co., L.P.A. He first began practicing law in 1981 is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Lorain County Bar Association, and Ohio Trial Lawyers Association.

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