Matt Davis named interim executive director of the Cincinnati USA Partnership

CINCINNATI—On Wednesday, Matt Davis was named interim executive director of the Cincinnati USA Partnership, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s economic development arm. He will begin the role Monday, Sept. 9.


Jason Kershner will replace Davis in his previous role.

The Cincinnati native previously held the role as vice president of government affairs for the Chamber and will report to Ellen van der Horst, president and CEO of the Chamber.

“Matt is a proven leader with a demonstrated commitment to business success, and he will continue the unprecedented momentum we are seeing in job creation and community growth,” van der Horst said.  “His expertise in building partnerships has been seen by leaders in Columbus, in Washington, D.C. and back here at home in Cincinnati USA. Sometimes the best fit is a leader from right under our own roof.”


Kay Geiger, 2013 chair of the Chamber’s board of directors, spoke highly of Davis and the quality of staff members at the Chamber.

“We have a highly engaged and talented team at the Chamber. Being able to select someone from within that has experience and strong relationships in place ensures that the mission of advancing our region through job growth and talent attraction will remain steadfast,” Geiger said.

In his new role, Davis will oversee the partnership in leading efforts to attract and grow businesses and jobs in the region.

Davis will manage the partnership’s staff of 12 economic development professionals and execute its cluster-focused strategy that in the last 19 months has resulted in the following significant results:

-Partnership closed 57 economic development projects, resulting in 12,170 new and retained jobs
-Partnership involvement led to $964 million in total regional payroll and $441 million in new capital investments

All stats are courtesy of the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to his government affairs role with the Chamber, a role he took in 2011, Davis was vice president of business and community advocacy at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Additionally, he has served as executive director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and in a government relations position at Convergys Corporation. 

Davis, 35, has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Miami University. He and his wife Melinda have two children and live in Anderson Township.


Other news: 

Additionally van der Horst announced Wednesday that David Smith will serve as senior advisor to the Chamber.

Smith currently works as the director of Duke Energy’s economic development for Ohio and Kentucky. He will remain in that capacity, van der Horst reported.

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