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.
Mr. Cahill brings to his position over 25 years of commercial lending and community development experience and a network of relationships in Lake County. His expertise is invaluable to LDA’s bond and financing programs. During his employment, he has facilitated over $173 million in capital lease financing which in turn created nearly 600 jobs for Lake County. In his role as Bond and Public Finance Advisor, Tim provides support to all LDA departments. He is instrumental in the Lake Development Authority’s Business Retention and Expansion program, providing and connecting resources to the business community in Lake County.
Patrick is a Lake County resident and is a graduate of the College of Wooster. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in public finance from the Levine College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
Patrick serves as the Director of Public Finance and Chief Financial Officer, He provides outreach to companies throughout the community regarding business financing options including the LDA’s bond financing programs, PACE energy efficiency financing, the CROP loan program, and other financing options. He also serves as the Lake Development Authority’s Chief Financial Officer, managing the budget and finances of the LDA and the Lake County Executive Airport.
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..
Myranda is a new resident of Lake County coming from Apple Creek, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Interpersonal Communication and she minored in Organizational Communication and Human Resources Management.
As Director for Planning and Development, Miss Keister’s focus is the execution of the Lake Development Authority’s strategic physical development initiatives around Lake County, including sourcing and structuring financing as well as overseeing the development process. Her responsibility also includes directing the Lake Development Authority’s implementation of the Lake County Coastal Development Plan and Landside Communities Plan. Myranda assists the LDA on business attraction projects undertaken with local, regional, and state partners.