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Mark Barbash



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Mark Barbash has over 30 years of economic development experience, having served at the local, state and federal government levels and in the nonprofit and private sector financing sectors focusing on small business, real estate and business development, and development financing. In his career, he has had senior level policy, management and budgeting responsibilities, including chief economic development officer for the State of Ohio; director of development for the City of Columbus; EVP of Finance Fund (a CDFI/CDE); vice president for the National Development Council, a New York-based nonprofit economic development consulting firm; and on Capitol Hill. Barbash is currently senior strategic advisor for the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the national association representing the nation’s leading members of the development finance community. In his ongoing consulting practice, he assists communities with strategic planning, real estate and business finance, and training. Barbash is a nationally recognized economic development practitioner and trainer, having developed and taught a wide range of professional development courses, including real estate financing and development, tech-based economic development, and business financing, among others. He serves as the president of the board of directors for CATCO, the Columbus equity theater company; as well as on the boards of the Ohio Economic Development Association and Community Research Partners. He previously served on the board of the International Economic Development Council, and the National Association of Development Companies. Barbash is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.