PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEMBER APPOINTED

IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 8, 2016

CONTACT:

Gail Paul, Director of Communication Strategy

Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority

(513) 621-3000

gpaul@cincinnatiport.org


PORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEMBER APPOINTED

Damon Jones joins development authority board

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Board of Directors of the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority is pleased to announce that Damon Jones has joined the board.

Jones is Director of Global Company Communications for The Procter & Gamble Company, responsible for corporate and financial media relations, digital and social media, influencer and stakeholder relations and issue and crisis management.  Based at P&G’s Cincinnati headquarters, Jones has held a variety of global and regional leadership positions at P&G over the past 19 years.

Jones, a graduate of Xavier University, is a former trustee of the school and has held board-level positions at a number of business, professional and not-for-profit organizations dedicated to improving community life and human services in Greater Cincinnati. In 2008, he took a leave of absence from P&G to accept the position of Communications Director for the Democratic National Convention, leading the development and successful execution of external communications strategy that ultimately advanced a successful campaign to elect U.S. President Barack Obama.

Cincinnati City Council approved Jones’ appointment by Mayor John Cranley on June 8, 2016.

Jones called the appointment both an honor and an opportunity to work directly on issues critical to advancing the Port Authority’s strategic initiatives of transforming the Cincinnati region by repositioning undervalued properties and rebuilding neighborhoods.

“The Port Authority is an important partner in enhancing our region’s competitive position and economic resilience,” Jones said. “Also, the Port is building stronger neighborhoods through partnerships that are working to confront some of the region’s most intractable social issues of poverty and wealth inequality.  I am pleased to be a part of an organization that has set a high priority on accelerating comprehensive development within disinvested areas.”

The Port Authority is governed by business and community leaders that comprise its Board of Directors.  Board members are unpaid volunteers and are appointed in equal number by the Mayor of Cincinnati and by the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners. Port Authority officers are Charlie Luken, Chairperson; Lydia Jacobs-Horton, Vice Chairperson; Laura N. Brunner, Secretary; and Christopher Recht, Assistant Secretary.

Luken called Damon Jones’ appointment great news, and said he looks forward to Jones’ leadership and “wealth of experience in communications and stakeholder engagement.”

As of June 1, the board in 2016 has considered and approved 14 resolutions pertaining to providing development finance products and related services to several job-creating projects; capital expenditures in Bond Hill; and establishing a Patient Capital Fund to finance revitalization of industrial sites within Hamilton County.

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About the Port Authority:

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority was formed in 2000 to stimulate growth of the regional economy. The Port Authority is an independent economic development agency that focuses on initiating projects that will increase jobs and increase productive value of land through collaborative and catalytic investment. For additional information, please visit http://www.cincinnatiport.org.