Columbiana Port Authority CEO to wrap it up this month

Tracey Drake. Sept. 1, 2015
Tracey Drake. Drake wraps up a 22-year career heading up the Columbiana County Port Authority at the end of the month.(Courtesy of the Morning Journal)

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – His is the face of economic development in Columbiana County. Longtime CEO of the Columbiana County Port Authority Tracey Drake is wrapping up a 22-year career, reports the Morning Journal.

Drake in a prepared news release says the port authority board is not offering him a new contract. The current contract expires Sept. 30.

Drake stated in the release that the port authority has assisted in $1 billion worth of private sector investment in projects that resulted in the creation and retention of an estimated 2,000 jobs. At the same time, port authority assets have grown from $5 million to $40 million.

Drake plans to move to Florida where his wife has already established a psychiatric practice. He expects to visit Ohio often though.

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