Many of our region’s top projects to watch in 2023 have something in common: DSG

As the new year gets underway, the lists highlighting the top development “projects to watch” in our region for 2023 have recently been in the headlines. One partner that many of these projects have in common is Development Strategies Group (DSG). This is an intentional strategy, according to DSG’s Doug Moormann, who believes that “economic development is absolutely vital to the city of Cincinnati and other communities in the region. Our priority is to partner with organizations that are committed to making a positive impact on our region.”

DSG is involved in more than half of the Cincinnati Enquirers top projects to watch, including the convention center district expansion and the new Cincinnati Public Radio building in the Evanston neighborhood, to name just a few. DSG is also involved with several of the top five projects that the Cincinnati Business Courier identified as having the potential to “yield the greatest impact in 2023 and beyond,” including the Terraces (the former Terrace Plaza Hotel) and Artisan Village (a mixed-use development including residential, restaurants, retail and entertainment located on the former Tri-County Mall site in Springdale). DSG also plays a role in more than half of the additional 15 projects that the Cincinnati Business Courier highlighted. According to Moormann, “These projects – among many others – are great examples that a wide variety of corporations and organizations can come here and be successful.” 

With a robust list of local and regional clients, DSG helps to identify, assess, negotiate and secure public incentives available to promote business location, expansion, and job retention. To read more about these and other area projects in more detail in the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Business Courier, please check out  https://tinyurl.com/36jp7xvs and https://tinyurl.com/44zktbry

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Anne C. Sesler

Director of Public Affairs and Strategy

Anne Sesler brings more than twenty years’ experience in public affairs consulting to Government Strategies Group. Anne works with local elected officials, state legislators, reporters and community leaders on behalf of corporate and non-profit clients developing community outreach and engagement strategies, conducts media relations, builds grassroots support for projects, and conducts communication with stakeholders and legislators.

Anne lends her public policy and political communication experience beyond GSG to her role as Vice Chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. Over the years, she’s offered political counsel to both state and local campaigns, including Preschool Promise, Ohio Jobs and Growth (the casino ballot initiative), United for Jobs and Ohio’s Future (Third Frontier), and many others. Anne lives in Mt. Lookout with her husband, Bryan.

Focus areas: 

  • Local government relations
  • Coalition building
  • Media relations and communications
  • Crisis communications

Driven by:

  • Making Cincinnati a better place for all

In the community:

  • Leadership Cincinnati Class 47
  • Cincinnati Planning Commission member
  • Lunken Airport Oversight and Advisory Board Chair
  • Cincinnati Democratic Committee Co-Chair
  • Hamilton County Democratic Party, Vice Chair
  • Mt. Lookout Community Council member

Charles “Chip” Gerhardt

President & CEO

Chip Gerhardt 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
  • Cincinnati Magazine’s 300 of the Region’s Most Powerful Business Leaders, 2021-2022
  • Cincy Magazine Power 100, 2011-2022