Beyond leading the day-to-day functions of Building Regulations, Planning, Community Development, and Economic Development, Erik is actively involved in business attraction and retention, as well as the County's incentive programs. He was instrumental in developing the internationally recognized Business First! For A Greater Dayton Region which includes 33 jurisdictions in five counties. Since 2001, the program has connected 7,000 local businesses with almost 100 Resource Partners to help them move their businesses forward. Erik’s business retention experience serves him well as a trainer for IEDC, OEDA and OUEDI.
In addition to business retention and expansion, Erik has played a key role in bringing new investments to Montgomery County, including: Spectrum Brands Global Auto Care Division, Collective Brands, the largest shoe retailer in the western hemisphere, CAT Logistics, who built the second largest CAT Logistics facility in Clayton, a 1.8M sq. ft. P&G facility, and WilmerHale - the fifth largest law firm in the U.S. He is also involved in Ohio Economic Development Association, Rotary Club of Dayton, and Operation 1,000 Cherry Trees.