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Deputy City Manager – Director of Economic Development
Dana McDaniel serves as Deputy City Manager/Director of Economic Development, a position he has held since 2004. He has worked for the City of Dublin since 1988. Dana also oversees all development divisions including Planning, Engineering, Building Standards and Streets and Utilities. Previously, Dana served as the City’s Director of Public Service and began his career in Dublin in the City Manager’s office as a Management Assistant.
Career highlights include: launching the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center (DEC), TechDEC, and DubLink. Dana’s Economic Development team has retained and attracted 11,351 jobs since 2004, and he led the implementation of the Bridge Street and West Innovation Districts.
Under Dana’s supervision, the City has obtained Intelligent Community Forum (Top 7-2010 & 2011), Intelligent Community Forum (Smart 21-2008-2010), 2011 Excellence in Economic Development Award for The Dublin Apprentice: Teen Entrepreneurial Camp, 2010 Excellence in Economic Development Award for The Dublin Entrepreneurial Center, 2009 Fox Business News: Best Small City to start a business, Ohio Economic Development Association: 2009 Best Innovation Award for The Dublin Entrepreneurial Center and Workforce Summit, and the 2004 American Public Works Accreditation.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Miami University of Ohio and his master’s in Public Administration from The Ohio State University. In addition, McDaniel received a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
Within the community, McDaniel serves on several regional and local boards such as Franklin County Public Health, Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin Counseling Center, Alumni Board for the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, and is an ex-officio member of the Dublin Methodist Hospital Foundation Board. McDaniel is also accredited by the American Public Works Association.
McDaniel also serves as a Brigadier General for the Ohio Army National Guard.
Colleen M. Gilger
Economic Development Manager
Colleen Gilger is the City of Dublin’s Economic Development Manager. She has served the City’s Economic Development office since 2003; and in its Community Relations office from 1997-2003.
Colleen leads the City’s economic development initiatives and over sees the City’s economic development administrators.
According to Director of Economic Development/Deputy City Manager Dana McDaniel, Colleen has helped build many of the City’s economic development incentive and broadband programs. In addition she has well-established relationships and networks in the regional business, real estate and development communities.
Colleen holds the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.
Colleen’s favorite place outside work is just about any soccer field cheering on her two daughters. Originally from Cleveland, Colleen has a tried and true love-hate relationship with all Cleveland sporting teams.
Michael A. Clarey
Economic Development Administrator
Michael Clarey joined the City of Dublin Economic Development team in 2011 to expand the City’s retention, expansion and business/jobs attraction programs.
Prior to joining the City of Dublin, Michael worked for the Ohio Department of Development as a Business Development Manager in the Strategic Business Investment Division.
Michael is especially passionate about Dublin’s dedication to supporting the growth of young company’s and entrepreneurs.
Jeremiah L. Gracia
Economic Development Administrator
Jeremiah Gracia joined the City of Dublin’s Economic Development team in 2011 to focus on business retention and expansion programs and initiatives. He works closely with internal and external development partners to coordinate and facilitate development projects in the City.
Prior to joining the City of Dublin, Jeremiah worked for the Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development team in Findlay, Ohio.
Jeremiah currently serves as a Board Member for the Ohio Economic Development Association.
Jeremiah’s favorite place to be other than work is Comerica Park cheering on the Detroit Tigers.