Ice Miller Whiteboard Welcomes Michael Reese
Former Chief of Staff for Mayor Coleman Joins Ice Miller Whiteboard as Director of Public Advocacy & Business Development
After nine years serving as Chief of Staff for Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Michael D. Reese is joining Ice Miller Whiteboard. Reese is recognized as an experienced and proven manager who solves tough problems and creates successful public/private partnerships from conception through completion. In addition to his almost 19 years of service with the City of Columbus, Reese served as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio Senate in the mid-1990’s. Michael B. Coleman also joined Ice Miller as of January 2016 at the conclusion of his term as Mayor.
As Director of Public Advocacy & Business Development, Reese will be part of the Whiteboard team. Ice Miller Whiteboard is the consulting group owned by Ice Miller that provides growth and development strategies to corporations, organizations and state and local governments. Whiteboard’s services include government relations, public policy consultation, economic development, energy consultation, telecommunications, broadband and network solutions.
“Michael is a perfect complement to the Whiteboard team,” says Whiteboard principal Dave Battocletti. “Michael has been integral in so many of the City’s successes in the past decade. We know his experience and relationships with countless leaders and communities throughout Ohio will be beneficial to our clients and their efforts.”
As Chief of Staff, Reese’s accomplishments are numerous and included oversight of a $2.2 billion operating and capital budget resulting in a “Triple A” credit rating and significant investment in downtown and neighborhoods across the City; management of 14 department directors (representing 9,000 employees); and serving as liaison to the Columbus Partnership President, the Ohio Governor’s Chief of Staff, the Columbus City Council Chief of Staff, the Columbus City Schools Chief of Staff, the Franklin County Administrator, amongst many others.
While working for the City of Columbus, Reese was a key player in critical economic and neighborhood development efforts as well as protecting the environment which included:
Adopting a new Bed Tax Code in 2013 and 2014 where Experience Columbus, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and social service agencies all receive more funding.
Coordinating with Nationwide Children’s Hospital on expanding hospital/research jobs, improving the infrastructure through federal stimulus and city capital resources and developing a comprehensive neighborhood investment effort in the areas of housing, safety, education, workforce development and health and wellness.
Assisting with the Nationwide Arena financial negotiations among City of Columbus, Franklin County and private sector to keep the Columbus Blue Jackets in Columbus. This also led to the NHL choosing Columbus for the 2015 NHL All Star game.
Participating in all significant economic development and housing transactions. Major job creation/economic development efforts and sites included Nationwide Arena and the Arena District, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Nationwide Insurance, The Ohio State University and Wexner Medical Center, Alliance Data Systems, Grange Insurance, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Net Jets Inc., Ohio Health, Port Columbus International Airport, Rickenbacker International Airport, Polaris Fashion Place, Easton Town Center, Morse Road/Northland Mall redevelopment and major housing redevelopment efforts.
Involvement in decision and process related to moving the Columbus Clipper Triple-A minor league baseball team to the Downtown area and providing over $10 million in infrastructure around Huntington Park.
Implementing historic Big Darby Accord where ten governmental jurisdictions came together to protect the Big Darby Creek and provide for responsible development/growth.
Partnering with The Ohio State University on the 5th Avenue Dam removal and Olentangy River restoration.
Working with the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation to execute the 2012 Downtown Master Plan and the 2002 Downtown Business Plan. Major accomplishments included the Lazarus Building redevelopment, Hilton Hotel, Arena District, Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile Park, Main and Rich Street Bridges, Scioto Greenways River restoration, High Street Cap, Gay Street redevelopment, River South neighborhood and Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
Investing in cultural, art, entertainment, higher education and social service institutions with capital and operating funding involving the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus State Community College, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus Metropolitan Library, COSI, the King Arts Complex, Community Shelter Board, Pre-K and After School Programs and Workforce Housing.
“Ice Miller Whiteboard professionals understand the multi-faceted intricacies of economic growth and development,” says former U.S. Congresswoman and current Whiteboard principal Deborah Pryce.
“Our team delivers complete, tailored solutions from within one strategic organization. Michael’s leadership and terrific reputation are a welcome addition and asset to our team.”
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