By Jeff Gallatin
Experience counts. North Olmsted officials indicated that when City Council renewed the contract of economic development consultant Greg Myers and his firm, MB3 Consulting.
After City Council approved the move at its March 21 meeting, North Olmsted planning and development Director Kim Wenger said Myers has worked well with city officials and the business community for more than a decade.
“Unlike hiring a consultant or contractor for one specific project in time, selecting someone to serve in an economic development role for a community is just the start of a relationship,” she said. “Greg Myers has worked with the city of North Olmsted since 2007, first with Silverlode Consulting and more recently as MB3 Consulting. In 10 years, he has built relationships with many businesses and property owners in addition to city officials and staff. As Greg’s experience grows with the city, so does his value.”
Wenger cited Myers’ versatility as well.
“Greg has taken the lead role in proposing new incentive programs for the city, conducting business retention activities, and assisting existing and new businesses with site selection,” she said. “He connects local businesses with county- and state-level resources. He also brings a valuable perspective to projects such as our zoning code update, where he looked at market data to help us determine if the land uses we were proposing were feasible in our community.”
Wenger said MB3’s contract is hourly so the city only pays for the services it consumes or uses. She said the contract has ranged from $34,000 to $43,000 annually in the last five years, averaging $38,685.
“It is a more cost-effective arrangement than hiring a full-time employee, and we also benefit from Greg’s networks and resources outside of the city,” she said.
Kevin Kearney, chairman of City Council’s finance committee, said he is happy with the new contract.
“The administration works very closely with him (Myers) and is happy with the results,” Kearney said. “It’s worked out well for the city and him.”
Myers also was pleased to be retained by the city.
“North Olmsted has strong leadership and a dedicated, effective planning and development department with a track record of success,” he said. “I’m honored that the city renewed my contract and excited to continue serving as a member of the planning and development team.”