Economic Development Committee

Ben Garlich


Married to Karen, two daughters, two granddaughters and two sons-in-law. Middlefield Village Councilman 80s and 90s. Past Middlefield Village Mayor 1994-2000 and 2012-2022. Management positions for past 30 years with two great companies: Lincoln Electric and Dillen Products Inc. Current Middlefield Village Mayor, term 2016-2020.

Leslie Gambosi-McCoy

Village Administrator/Economic Development Director

Leslie serves as the Director of Economic Development. She oversees business recruitment and retention efforts across the Village. Prior to her role with the Village, Leslie served as the Economic Development Director for the City of Maple Heights. A graduate of Bowling Green State University and DeVry University, Leslie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree along with Masters in Business Administration.

Bill Blue


Married to Karen (Brewster) both 1972 graduates of Cardinal High School. Four children, three grandchildren, Village resident for 48 years, Village councilman 2005 present. Graduated Kent State Geauga 1994. Held various management positions over the past 30+ years, in the manufacturing of rubber and plastics products. “Growing the industrial, commercial and retail business base in Middlefield is a major focus of this village administration, and I am honored to be part of the Economic Development Committee charged with making that happen. Middlefield is my hometown, and I look forward to helping make it an even better place for businesses and families to raise their children.”

Carl Hornung

Married to Donna, both are 1967 gradates of Grand Valley High School. Two adult sons, one daughter-in-law and one grandson. Attended Max Hayes Trade School, 70-71 Steam Engineering. Retired from South Lyndhurst Schools after 36 years of service. Was previously on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Currently on Village Council, 2012 – 2016 term. “I am looking forward to my new assignment on the Economic Development Committee.”

David C. Dietrich

AICP Director, Geauga County Planning Commission, M.A. Planning, University of Akron. Member, American Institute of Certified Planners. Responsible for administration and enforcement of County Subdivision Regulations – lot splits, lot consolidations, and subdivision plats. Review of township zoning regulations; preparation of township land use plans and zoning maps Census data analysis Administration of County Farmland Preservation Program Administration of County Wetlands Mitigation Bank. A village resident for over 35 years, married (Kathye), two children, Ryan & Amanda, Cardinal High School graduates. Former member of Middlefield Village Planning and Zoning Commission for 20 years and current member of Economic Development Committee.

Dick Schill

A Middlefield resident for 13 years. Recently retired business owner of the local Sears Hometown Store at Harrington Square from 1998 to 2011. Born and raised in central Minnesota. Married to Sandra for 47 years. Four children and enjoy four grandchildren. Managed stores for a major retailer for 38 years in various states. Served on numerous shopping center association boards. An active member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church. Volunteers and is presently serving on the Parish Finance Committee.

Chris Michalakes

A resident for over 15 years. Chris has enjoyed seeing the growth and development in the Village and wanted to assist in continuing to keep Middlefield Village strong. Chris sees the importance of making sure all growth is done with respect to the neighborhood environment and those in the surrounding area.

Kim Breyley

With a background in marketing, Kim Breyley has been involved with the Economic Development in Middlefield for more than eight years. She also updates content to the website and the social media channels for the Village of Middlefield. Kim is also on the Board of Directors for the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce.

The Village Council for the Village of Middlefield created a standing committee known as the “Economic Development Committee” (EDC) to review all matters concerning potential new commercial and industrial development within the Village as well as the preservation and enhancement of current commercial and industrial businesses and residential properties within the Village. The EDC serves as an aggressive partner for commercial and industrial developers to streamline commercial property searches, learn about available economic incentives, fulfill workforce needs and provide quick, reliable ANSWERS.

Economic Development Plan
Revolving Loan Application
Economic Development Committee meeting minutes
Middlefield Retail Study