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Michael Reese serves as Ice Miller Whiteboard’s Director of Local Government Affairs. Whiteboard’s services include government relations, public policy consultation, economic development, energy consultation, health care and insurance, telecommunications, broadband and network solutions.
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Michael previously served for nine years as Chief of Staff for Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael B. Coleman. Reese is recognized as an experienced and proven manager who solves tough problems and creates successful public/private partnerships. 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.
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 CEO/President, the Ohio Governor’s Chief of Staff, the Columbus City Council Chief of Staff, the Columbus City Schools Chief of Staff, and the Franklin County Administrator.
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.
Michael is a 1990 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, with a Bachelor of Arts in politics and government. He earned his Master of Arts Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1993 in political science and is a 1999 Leadership Columbus graduate. He was a participant at the Harvard Kennedy School Urban Policy Impact Forums held from 2008 through 2015.
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Michael has three children: Sam, Andrew and Molly and enjoys the sport of baseball. He practices Vinyasa Yoga as a member of Yoga on High and became certified as a teacher in February, 2018. 
Michael is not licensed to practice law in any state and does not provide legal services.

Selected Experience
  • Focuses on representing clients in procurement opportunities at the local level which includes the City of Columbus and other municipalities in Ohio, villages, townships, Franklin County and other counties in Ohio, school districts, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities and other public and quasi-public institutions.
  • Helps clients navigate through the plan approval and development review processes within the City of Columbus and other local governments.
  • Supports clients with securing economic development assistance from the City of Columbus and other municipalities in Ohio.
  • Having worked for local and state government in Columbus Ohio for nearly 25-years, provides unique government relations consulting, strategy and lobbying services to clients who are interested in improving and maximizing opportunities.
  • Attends United States Conference of Mayors bi-annual events which is a great opportunity for networking and for current and prospective clients to meet with mayors and staff from throughout the country.
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:
  • Coordinated with Nationwide Children’s Hospital on expanding hospital/research jobs, improved the infrastructure through federal stimulus and city capital resources and developed a comprehensive neighborhood investment effort in the areas of housing, safety, education, workforce development and health and wellness.
  • Assisted with the Nationwide Arena financial negotiations among City of Columbus, Franklin County and the 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.
  • Participated 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.
  • Involved 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.
  • Implemented historic Big Darby Accord where ten governmental jurisdictions came together to protect the Big Darby Creek and provide for responsible development/growth.
  • Worked 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.
  • Invested 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.
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