About Us

The Lake Development Authority was created in February 2007 to promote projects that will provide for the creation of jobs and employment opportunities and improve the economic welfare of the people residing in Lake County. Lake Development Authority is a Port Authority under Ohio law which allows us to offer a variety of economic development tools. Port Authorities have important development powers such as the ability to acquire, lease, and
improve property, and to issue taxable and tax exempt bonds. Because Port Authorities themselves are tax exempt, they can provide development services at a lower cost than private institutions. Our services can assist would-be entrepreneurs to large corporations, small non-profits to large institutions and communities.

Advantages of Working with Lake Development Authority

Lake Development Authority accelerates the economic growth of Lake County, Ohio by providing tailored support to local businesses. We offer access to information and resources in areas of financing, partnerships, spaces, transportation, and community so that organizations can grow here in Lake County.

We are the economic development arm of the Lake County Board of Commissioners and have a wide variety of responsibilities and resources. We simplify the complexities of growth by leveraging our vast network of partners while operating as a single point of contact and resource for information.

Because of our size and local focus, we can respond quickly and effectively to requests for assistance. Our organization assists with the planning and execution of business expansion and new development within Lake County. Because we are a Port Authority, we offer a variety of financing options. As organizations aim to develop new spaces for business and recreation, we can help identify and procure available land and buildings that best meet the needs of the project. Additionally, we are the co-sponsors of the Lake County Executive Airport with the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

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Art Lindrose – Chairman
John Uhran – Vice Chair
John Rampe
Mark Freeman
Wally Siegel
Bill Martin
Nate Hicks
Kevin Freese
Jim Struna
David Anderson

Dave is a lifelong resident of Lake County and served as Mayor of the City of Willoughby from 1992 until his retirement in 2018. He brings 26 years of experience in economic development, customer service and strategic and operational planning to the Authority.

As Executive Director, Dave is responsible for the implementation of the initiatives, policies and programs that are recommended by the Board of Directors. He provides overall direction regarding the daily operation of the Port; partners and builds relationships with regional stakeholders; and serves as a key point of contact for businesses and individuals wishing to advance economic and recreational opportunities in Lake County.

Timothy A. Cahill

Tim is a native of Lake County and a graduate of Marquette University, with an MBA from Lake Erie College.

In his role as Deputy Director of Public Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Tim provides outreach to companies throughout the community regarding business financing options including the Port’s bond financing programs, PACE energy efficiency financing, the CROP loan program, and other financing options. He also serves as the Port Authority’s Controller, managing the budget and finances of the Port and the Lake County Executive Airport. Tim is also involved in the Port Authority’s Business Retention and Expansion program, providing and connecting resources to the business community in Lake County.

Tim brings to his position over 25 years of commercial lending and community development experience, and a network of relationships in Lake County.

Patrick Mohorcic

As Deputy Director for Planning and Development, Patrick’s focus is the execution of the Port Authority’s strategic physical development initiatives around Lake County, including sourcing and structuring financing as well as overseeing the development process. His responsibility also includes directing the Port Authority’s implementation of the Lake County Coastal Development Plan and Landside Communities Plan. He is also the Port’s lead on business attraction projects undertaken with local, regional, and state partners. Patrick is a Lake County resident and is a graduate of the College of Wooster. He is currently studying for his Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the Levine College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

Patty Fulop

Patty is the Airport Manager for the Port Authority and oversees Lake County Executive Airport. Mrs. Fulop has over 15 years experience as an airport manager and also currently serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Port Authority Board. She has extensive experience with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, the Ohio Airport Protection Act, plus federal, state and local mandates and compliance issues. One of her duties as airport manager is to write and manage grants on the federal, state and local level. Patty is a 1978 graduate of Cardinal High School in Middlefield, Ohio and a lifetime member of the Institute of Certified Travel Consultants where in 1989 through education and years of service she earned her designation as a Certified Travel Consultant.

Debbie Connor

Debbie is the Port Authority’s Bookeeper and manages the Port’s financial records, prepares invoices and pays bills. She is also in charge of payroll and other human resource functions. She handles banking needs and reconciles bank statements. She is also responsible for assisting the Deputy Director of Public Finance and Chief Financial Officer with preparing budgets and board reports..

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