Hey,

I'M MILES THOMAS

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about

Career community advocate with more than a decade of experience in community and economic development. Focused on bringing private/public partnerships to fruition, building strong community and business partnerships, and working to augment public policy that supports and inspires entrepreneurship. Served a variety of local governments as a contracted planning and development consultant cultivating a sharpened perspective to introduce creative solutions that meet the intent of policy without sacrificing feasibility.

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Experience

Port of Benton  |  2020 – Present

As the Director of Economic Development and Governmental Affairs my primary focus is job creation, retention, and expansion. This position allows me to support the growth of advanced manufacturers, technology and innovation companies, logistics operators, and hospitality agribusiness companies in expanding their presence and ease of operation.

My passion is supporting entrepreneurship, identifying funding for physical expansion of innovation, and growing North Richland as the epicenter of technological advancement.

Related Positions

  • Director of Economic Development and Governmental Affairs
  • Innovation Partnership Zone Administrator
  • Executive Director of Tri-Cities Research District
  • Member - Sustainability Committee - International Economic Development Association
Community Planning Resources  |  2015 – Present

Community PR is the avenue to developing creative solutions to policy conflicts while building positive community relationships. Our core services include consultation to private business and public entities on land use, development, site selection, and market analysis. Our expertise emerged from more than a decade working on both sides of the table negotiating for community prosperity through a variety of public and private projects.

Related Positions

  • Principal Consultant
  • Member - American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
  • Secretary of the Board - Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop
  • 2018-2019 | City of Kennewick | Economic Development Manager
  • 2016-2018 | City of Richland | Redevelopment Project Manager
  • 2012-2016 | Plexus Marketing Group | Marketing Consultant
  • 2014 - 2015 | City of Urbana | Economic Development Specialist
  • 2013 - 2014 | N•Focus Planning and Design | Planner III

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Education

University of North Carolina
at Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography
  • Minor in Urban Studies
University of Illinois
Urbana Champaign
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Specialization in Economic Development
ArcGIS
100%
Illustrator
95%
Indesign
95%
rhinoceros 3d
90%
Photoshop
75%
autocad
70%
Web marketing
70%

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Contact

Let's Talk

Interested in scheduling a meeting? I’m available by appointment in-person, by phone, or via Zoom.