Brandon Sehlhorst serves as Commissioner of Economic Development for the City of Toledo. In this role, Brandon is primarily responsible for facilitating major development projects, managing the City’s real estate portfolio, and increasing job creation and investment through attraction, expansion and retention of private sector companies.
Under his leadership, the City has sold over 400-acres of underutilized property that has led to the creation of more than 1,000 jobs and $130 million of investment. The City has also been nationally recognized by Site Selection magazine who has ranked Toledo in the top 10 for mid-size metros excelling in economic development for the past five years. The City clinched the #1 spot in the ranking for the first time in 2021.
Prior to joining the City, Brandon worked for the Regional Growth Partnership where he proactively worked with communities to prepare sites for job creation projects. Before the RGP, Brandon worked at the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Economic Development and REDI Cincinnati where he led incentive negotiations for job creation projects in Southwest Ohio.
Brandon graduated cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Urban Planning and a Master of Business Administration and Real Estate. He was also named Student of the Year by the University of Cincinnati’s Real Estate Center. His passion and determination for improving his hometown led him back to the Glass City several years ago.
Brandon lives in South Toledo with his wife, son and dog. He’s an avid runner who enjoys live music, traveling and Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and Michigan football games.