Columbus Chamber Announces New President and CEO

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Economic development veteran brings strong business retention and expansion experience.

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Michael’s direct experience in running a major, regional economic development entity focused heavily on business retention and expansion is exactly what we were seeking in a new leader at the Columbus Chamber.

The Columbus Chamber announced the appointment of Michael Dalby as its new president and CEO. He was introduced at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, and will assume day-to-day responsibilities at the Chamber in early April.

A veteran of the economic development industry, Dalby most recently served as president and CEO of One Southern Indiana, a business development organization formed from the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Indiana Economic Development Council and SI 2020 (a regional visioning organization). During his tenure, Dalby led the Business Retention & Expansion program, facilitating 47 existing company expansions and leading economic development projects that added more than 5,000 new jobs and more than $249 million in new capital investment.

“Michael’s direct experience in running a major, regional economic development entity focused heavily on business retention and expansion is exactly what we were seeking in a new leader at the Columbus Chamber,” said Jack Partridge, chair of the Columbus Chamber Board of Directors and president, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc. “We are committed to ensuring that existing businesses in the Columbus region have the right tools to flourish moving forward. Michael is the right person to help us carry out that mission.”

Prior to joining One Southern Indiana, Dalby served as the president and CEO of the San Angelo (Texas) Chamber of Commerce; executive director of the Alamogordo (New Mexico) Chamber of Commerce and Otero County Economic Development Council; and director, business and tourism development, of the Heber Valley (Utah) Chamber of Commerce. Dalby also is a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Nebraska, respectively.

In his new role at the Columbus Chamber, Dalby will be responsible for growing Chamber membership and for understanding, assisting and advocating for existing businesses under the Columbus2020! regional economic development strategy. Dalby will fill the role left vacant by Ty Marsh, a six-year veteran of the Columbus Chamber who left the organization last July.

“I’m excited to join the Columbus Chamber and look forward to building on the long tradition of economic development success in the Columbus region,” said Dalby.

The Columbus Chamber, with nearly 2,500 members, supports businesses in the Central Ohio region.

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