Advantages of Working with Lake Development Authority
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.
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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.
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.
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 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 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..