January 24, 2012
Cincinnati USA Partnership names Hamilton senior director
The Cincinnati USA Partnership, the economic development arm of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, announced Trevor Hamilton has joined the team as a senior director. Hamilton will be responsible for leading all economic-development activities in the aerospace, automotive and advanced materials industries. Hamilton started in the position on January 2.
Hamilton is the second proven economic-development professional to join the Partnership this year. In July, the Partnership hired Denyse Ferguson, formerly CEO of the Lansing Area Economic Partnership, as the vice president of economic development.
“Trevor is an innovative leader with a wealth of public-private experience and a track record of economic-development success,” said Dave Dougherty, interim executive director of the Cincinnati USA Partnership. “His broad and varied expertise in attracting and retaining businesses - as well as his intimate knowledge of Ohio - will help us continue to grow jobs and capital investment in the region.”
Hamilton has 22 years of economic-development experience serving in a wide variety of capacities.
Since 2003, he has served as the vice president of economic development and the chief economic development officer at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he led the Chamber’s public-private program that served as the primary economic-development agency for the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County.
Under Hamilton’s leadership the Chamber successfully stimulated 94 location and expansion projects creating more than 12,000 jobs and more than $2.4 billion in new investments. This includes recruiting several global companies such as Volkswagen AG (2,000 jobs, $1 billion investment), Amazon.com (1,249 new jobs, $91 million investment) and T-Mobile (800 new jobs).
Hamilton has also served as the chairman of the Tennessee Economic Partnership, a statewide, public-private economic development organization that conducted eleven business-development missions in 2011 in partnership with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
Hamilton has extensive experience in Ohio. He served as the executive director of the Ohio Tax Credit Authority from 1994 through 1998, where he reviewed, negotiated and recommended business projects resulting in nearly 400 business location and expansion projects, 40,000 new jobs and $5.3 billion in new capital investments.
He also worked as a business-development specialist with the Ohio Department of Development and was the director of the Washington County Economic Development Office in Marietta, Ohio.
In August, the Cincinnati USA Partnership announced a new strategic plan that includes a sharper focus on business growth efforts in the region’s industry clusters - areas where the region has an unusually high concentration of investment by specific industries and related suppliers - such as consumer marketing, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing. In August, the Partnership also was named the JobsOhio Network Partner in Southwest Ohio.
Hamilton earned a certified economic developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council and is a graduate of Virginia Tech University with a B.S. in agricultural economics.