CRAWFORD COUNTY – David Zak, the current Economic Development Officer for Seneca County, will take over the leadership of the Crawford Partnership for Education and Economic Development in May.
After an extensive state and national search, Zak was selected to fill the position left vacant by the departure of former executive and economic development director Gary Frankhouse, who resigned in January to return to his family business, according to a statement from Partnership press. .
Erin Stine, director of community development for the partnership, led the organization during the interim.
Zak, who said he was delighted to start his new position, will take up his new duties on May 16.
“I’m delighted to come,” he said. Zak said that when he saw the position advertised, he “thought it was a great opportunity and a great community.”
More than 30 candidates applied.
“There was strong interest in the position and we received applications from over 30 candidates from across the country,” Todd Boyer, chairman of the partnership’s board of directors, said in the statement. “From the start of the process, David clearly positioned himself as the ideal candidate to help implement the Crawford: 2030 Vision and lead economic, community and workforce development in Crawford County. “
Zak is a 25-year economic development veteran and has 18 years of experience leading national and local economic development organizations, most recently with the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP), according to the release. Previously, he led organizations in Fairfield and Clark Counties and also served as Chief of the Business Services Division at the Ohio Department of Development.
During his career, Zak has managed or overseen projects that have created more than 17,000 new jobs and $1.7 billion in investment in Ohio, and led organizations that have won numerous awards for l innovation in economic development and downtown revitalization, according to the press release.