Development
Strategies Group

A full-service economic   development consultancy

A full-service economic   development   consultancy

Development Strategies Group helps clients identify, assess, negotiate and secure public incentives available to promote business location, expansion and job retention. Home to more than 50 years of combined government and economic development experience, our firm leverages our knowledge and relationships to reduce project costs and achieve client goals. Through our experience and long-standing relationships with key decision makers and senior-level staff, DSG achieves the results you need to get the project done.

Development Strategies Group helps clients identify, assess, negotiate and secure public incentives available to promote business location, expansion and job retention. Home to more than 50 years of combined government and economic development experience, our firm leverages our knowledge and relationships to reduce project costs and achieve client goals. Through our experience and long-standing relationships with key decision makers and senior-level staff, DSG achieves the results you need to get the project done.

When to Contact DSG

When to Contact DSG

If a business or institution is planning to:

  • Select a new location
  • Relocate or expand
  • Add more than 20 new employees over the next three years
  • Acquire a new business
  • Consolidate operations

J. Douglas Moorman

J. Douglas Moormann

Vice President of Development Strategies Group Doug Moormann brings more than 25 years of experience creatively linking people with government to solve problems. Since 2011, DSG has helped clients secure millions of dollars in grants, tax credits and financing that have created thousands of new jobs and changed the landscape of our region.

Before his work with DSG, Doug served the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber as both the Vice President of Economic Development and Vice President of Government Affairs. There, he led initiatives to build the local economy through business attraction, job retention, and regional marketing. He also helped secure funds to replace the Brent Spence Bridge and launch numerous community projects. He graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Political Science. Doug, his wife Kimberly, and their children live in Madeira where he serves on the Madeira City Council.

Career Highlights

Career Highlights

Executive Assistant for Business and Industry to former Governor Bob Taft

Helped devise Governor Taft’s Third Frontier program, a tech-based economic development issue

Helped create Ohio’s Job Retention Tax Credit

Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Maureen O’Connor

Legislative Aide to then-Congressman Mike DeWine

City of Madeira, Councilmember and Planning Commission Member

Other Accolades

Other Accolades

The Ohio Transportation Review and Advisory Council board member

Board of Directors of the European American Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network board member

The Tri-ED Board of Directors member

Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Advisory Committee member

The Southwest Ohio Regional Workforce Investment Board member

The St. Francis DeSales Festival Committee board member

The Governing Board of the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel by appointment of the Ohio Attorney General

Graduate of Leadership Cincinnati, Class XXX

Development

Strategies Group

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Strategies Group

DSG is a partner firm of Government Strategies Group, a bipartisan government relations firm. Together, we help clients navigate the nuances and complexities of the

bureaucracy and public policy standing at the crossroads of enterprise and community.

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Charles “Chip” Gerhardt

President & CEO

Chip has made government affairs, economic development, and issue advocacy his life’s work. He’s worked for decades in the public and private sectors, and advocated at the local, state, and federal levels of government. In 2007, he used that experience to found Government Strategies Group, a full-service government relations firm. At GSG, he works directly with clients, helping them navigate the complicated intersection of politics, public policy, and business.

In his many years in public policy, Chip has been involved in significant policies including; creation of tax increment financing districts, the Clean Ohio program, Cincinnati City Center Development Corporation, and most importantly, the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. He has also been at the forefront of some of the biggest developments in greater Cincinnati, including the Horseshoe (now Hard Rock) Casino, TQL Stadium for FC Cincinnati, parking garage structures at The Banks, and the redevelopment of the @580 building. Rarely is there a public policy endeavor in Cincinnati that does not involve GSG.

Chip received his B.B.A in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from the St. Louis University School of Law. He lives in Anderson Township with his wife Jane. Son Charlie is a local chef and children Hank and Anne have completed their education and started lives of their own.

Focus areas:

  • State and local government relations
  • Economic development
  • Issue advocacy

Driven by:

  • A lifelong interest in the political system has driven Chip to a career in public policy and politics. As a parent of three, one with down syndrome, has compelled him to promote public policies designed to help others. Whether it is enabling financial independence for people with disabilities, advancing funding for housing families facing homelessness, or assisting with economic development projects, Chip involves himself in things that make a positive difference. 

In the community:

  • Hamilton County Board of Elections member
  • Current Board Member for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, People Working Cooperatively, Corporation for Findlay Market, goVibrant, and the African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Chairman of the Board for the National Down Syndrome Society
  • Former board member of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati