Deborah Cumming’s 20 years of experience in state and regional technology-based economic development, both as a consultant and government official, has made her a well-respected thought leader in the field. At TEConomy Partners, Cumming’s research and analytical skills are drawn upon for a broad range of projects, and her exceptional strategic thinking, project management skills, and attention to the fine details have contributed greatly to TEConomy’s reputation for ground-breaking work of the highest quality. Cummings leads projects in strategic planning, cluster-based economic development, program assessments, best practice methodology, science and technology policy, and impact analysis.
Deborah’s work has been highly influential. During her career, which includes nearly 15 years as a senior program manager at the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice, she has managed numerous state and regional technology strategies and program designs, which have been successfully implemented into robust economic development initiatives. Her work includes analyzing a region’s business community and research assets to determine what factors contribute to the area’s competitive advantage; analyzing their economic position in relation to peers; and developing strategies and actions upon which the region can position itself for future development. For example, as a consultant to the state of Ohio, Cummings had the unique experience of conceiving Ohio’s Third Frontier initiative, a widely acclaimed $2.2 billion economic development investment, and then had the responsibility for implementing, evolving, and renewing that strategy as assistant director at the Ohio Department of Development.
Cummings has an MBA from The Ohio State University, and a B.B.A. and B.A. from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College.