Our People are Expanding Businesses & Benefiting our Community

These community leaders are representative of our industry sectors and geographics, and represent both public and private interests to improve communication and understanding on local economic issues across this common divide.



Economic Development Coordinator

Cameo Carey is a lifelong resident of Ashland County. Cameo is a 2020 graduate of the Ohio Basic Economic Development Course. Currently she serves as the Vice President of the Erie Basin RC&D Board, the Secretary of the Community Improvement Corporation of Ashland, Ohio Board, the Secretary/Treasurer of the Ashland County Transportation Improvement District, and a Board Member of the North Central Workforce Alliance of Ohio Board. She is also the Ashland County Enterprise Zone Manager and the Ashland County CRA Housing Officer.




Matt Miller was sworn in as the 54th Mayor of the City of Ashland on January 1, 2018. A former city councilman, Matt is no stranger to our Ashland municipal government and currently serves, or has served, on a number of boards throughout the Ashland community.

Born and raised in the Ashland area, Matt is a graduate of Ashland University where he was both a Presidential Scholar and Ashbrook Scholar at the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs. In 2007, Matt received the Ashland University Outstanding Alumni Award.

Matt and his wife Melanie are active in their church, and continue to volunteer with numerous organizations throughout Northeast Ohio.



B.J. Harvey is a lifelong citizen of Ashland County. He is a graduate of Ashland City Schools and The Ohio State University (’07 BS – Financial Management, Real Estate). Currently, he is the General Manager of the local manufacturer Ohio Carbon Industries, Inc. and the Business Development Administrator for Magnum Metals.

B.J. also is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Smile Foundation, a non-profit organization that benefits area children.



Mike Welch has served as an Ashland County Commissioner since 2002. Prior to his service to the County, Mike served as a Jackson Township trustee from 1996-2002. He is the acting President of the County Employees Benefits Consortium of Ohio. Mike also serves on the 911 Advisory Committee, Ashland County Land Bank Board, Records Commission, and the Community Corrections Board.

Outside of Mike’s public service, he is a dairy and grain farmer at UDEAN Farms of Polk. He has been married to his wife, Cheryl, for 35 years. They have two children, Jonathan Welch and Ashlee Marie Lucas, and one grandson, Jayden Flanagan.


Ben Uselton is the President/Founder of BCU Electric, Inc. Ben has been a part of the electrical industry for 40+ years. During this time, he has completed an IBEW electrical apprenticeship, become a master electrician with electrical licenses in multiple states, and established BCU Electric, Inc. in 1990.

Ben is a active member in the Ashland Community. He is very active at Grace Brethren Church and his company, BCU Electric, Inc. is a Pacesetter for United Way of Ashland County.


Jordan Lance is the President of the Mohican Area Growth Foundation in Loudonville. He is a native of Ashland County and a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Economics. Currently, he is the Business Development Manager for Europe & the Middle East for the J.M. Smucker Company in Orrville, OH.

In his free time, Jordan likes to spend his time mountain biking in Mohican State Park and traveling with his family. Jordan and his wife, Becky, live in Loudonville with their two boys.

Staff & Board