Delaware County Economic Development serves as the economic-development staff for the county as a whole.
Our office works in partnership with other economic-development staff within the county. We also represent the jurisdictions within the county that do not have economic-development staff of their own.
Bob Lamb, Economic Development Director
Bob Lamb joined Delaware County as economic development director in August of 2015. Bob’s primary role is to further economic development in Delaware County through new business attraction activities, infrastructure enhancement and supporting the Delaware County Finance Authority.
Previously, Bob served as community and economic development manager for the city of Upper Arlington, and economic development administrator for the city of Glendale, Arizona.
Bob has a Juris Doctorate degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Development degree from Cleveland State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University.
He has certifications in public management and Lean/Six Sigma from Arizona State University, Lawrence Technological University, the state of Ohio and the International City/County Management Association.
Phone: (614) 306-1020
Rob Platte, Economic Development Administrator
Rob Platte joined the Delaware County Economic Development staff in July 2018. Rob’s primary role is to support the Delaware County Finance Authority and its incentive programs, and to foster economic development opportunities that help further the success of Delaware County. He is also responsible for business attraction efforts and new project development.
Rob served 16 years in township government in both Licking and Franklin Counties, ultimately serving as Township Administrator at Etna Township, and most recently served as a community development planner for Licking County.
Rob has significant experience with tax incentive package development, public and private finance, and grant funding for both public infrastructure projects as well as park and open space development. He has been involved with projects both large and small, from an Amazon Fulfillment Center of 4,000 employees to commercial development of 4 employees.
Phone: (740) 833-2112
Zach Dowley joined Delaware County Economic Development in July of 2019. He’s a graduate of Ohio State University with degrees in both Economics and Geography.
He participated in research at OSU in the Geography department in Southeast Ohio looking at their economic development and is now looking to bring that experience here, as well as skills working with labor markets, and Global Information Systems.
He’s been a resident of Delaware County his whole life and is looking to give back to the community that he’s been a part of for so long.
Kelsey joined the Delaware County Economic Development team in October of 2019. Her primary role is managing the business retention and expansion program, which entails creating and maintaining relationships with Delaware businesses. This support also entails program development to help mitigate common challenges businesses face including workforce development, transportation and affordable housing.
Before joining the County’s economic development team, she was the City of Delaware’s economic development specialist for three years where she managed their business retention and expansion program and the department’s marketing efforts.
Kelsey received a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and a minor in marketing in 2016.