City of Toledo
Brandon Sehlhorst serves as Director of Economic Development for the City of Toledo and is Toledo’s youngest-ever Director of Economic Development. He has sold over 170 properties resulting in 400 acres being back in use and creating $4.5 million in revenue for the City of Toledo. The property sales have garnered investments exceeding $180 million and created 1500 jobs. His successes include redevelopment of Southwyck Shopping Center to an Amazon Delivery Station, the Textileather site into a Jeep vehicle customization facility, and the North Towne Square Mall into a thriving industrial park. These achievements have earned recognition for Toledo from Site Selection Magazine’s rankings of the top 10 mid-size metros excelling in economic development for six consecutive years and securing the top spot in 2021. This year, Sehlhorst secured a $20 million RAISE grant to reconnect the Junction and Uptown neighborhoods that were divided by I-75.
In the community, Sehlhorst is a member of the board of the Troy Township Joint Economic Development District and the Maumee-Monclova-Toledo Joint Economic Development Zone. He is a member of the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development and the Ohio Economic Development Associations. He works with the Toledo Design Collective and the Toledo Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee.
Sehlhorst earned both his bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Cincinnati. He was named “Student of the Year” by UC’s Real Estate Center. He also spearheaded the creation of the “Beyond the Curb” urban living tour highlighting Northern Kentucky’s five river cities to showcase the benefits of urban living. In its eighth year, it continues to attract thousands of people.