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


Community Involvement

Nate is a member of the Young Leaders of Licking County, and previously served on the International Economic Development Council's (IEDC) Young Professional Advisory Committee.  Nate also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange (MODE), the the Licking County Governmental Preservation Society (LCGPS), and Licking County Coalition for Housing.


Nate also volunteers with the United Way of Licking County and was a participant in the inaugural Dancing with the Newark Stars, a charity fundraiser to support the Downtown Newark Association (DNA) & the Licking County Coalition for Care.


Past Experience

Project Manager, Regional Industrial Development Corp. of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC)

Business Development Specialist, Allegheny County Economic Development

Planner/Zoning Administrator, City of Zanesville



Masters of Public Administration, Ohio University (expected 2019)

Bachelor of Arts in political science and communication, Muskingum University

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