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.
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.
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.
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.