Meet the Team at GROW Licking County CIC

Executive Director

Nate strum


(740) 345-9757 ext. 3


Roles and Responsibilities

Nate joined GROW Licking County in December 2015.  As Executive Director,  Nate serves as the primary point of contact for business and industry attraction and expansion inquiries about Licking County as well as the County's representative for activities related to the region's Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC).



Named by the Newark Advocate as a "20 Under 40" for 2016


Professional Affiliations

Nate is an active member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), previously serving on the Young Professional Advisory Committee.  Within the State of Ohio, Nate serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange (MODE) and was named in 2019 to the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) Board of Directors.  


Community Involvement

Nate is a member of the Young Leaders of Licking County and serves on the Board of Directors for the Licking County Coalition for Housing.    


Nate previously volunteered his time with the United Way of Licking County serving on their Outreach Committee as well as on the Board of Directors for the Licking County Governmental Preservation Society (LCGPS). 


A major highlight of Nate's volunteering in Licking County saw him participate in the inaugural Dancing with the Newark Stars, a charity fundraiser to support the Licking County Coalition for Care.


Past Experience

Prior to joining GROW Licking County, Nate worked in the Pittsburgh region, first as a Business Development Specialist for Allegheny County Economic Development and then as a Project Manager for the Regional Industrial Development Corp. of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC).  Prior to his work in Pittsburgh, Nate served as Zoning Administrator/Planner for the City of Zanesville.



Masters of Public Administration, Ohio University (expected 2020)

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Speech Communication, Muskingum University

Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification, National Development Council

Economic Development Coordinator

TayLOR Lovell

(740) 345-9757 ext. 6


Roles and Responsibilities

Taylor joined GROW Licking County in the Spring of 2019.  As Economic Development Coordinator, Taylor will work directly with internal and external resources to further develop GROW Licking County's Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) program as well as management of the county's occupational marketing campaign, Licking County Works.


Past Experience

Prior to joining GROW Licking County, Taylor served as an Accounting Specialist with GBQ Partners, LLC in Columbus, OH.



Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, Majoring in Finance, Mount Vernon Nazarene University