Casey Steinbacher, Founder of Casey’s Company, is widely recognized as a national expert in urban innovation strategies or as she likes to say…”Teaching the World Why Coolness Matters”….Her company identifies and creates NEXT opportunities for communities and organizations, with a unique emphasis on place based talent recruitment. She is credited with authoring the strategy that targeted entrepreneurs and millennials as key components for the place based renaissance of downtown Durham, North Carolina that CNN just named the start up capital of the south. She boasts an eclectic list of clients and projects.
Prior to founding her own company, Casey served as President and CEO of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce from 2007 until 2015. Under her direction, the Durham Chamber received national and international acclaim for its leadership in economic and entrepreneurial development, winning the award for the Best Innovative Economic Development Project at the World Chambers Congress in Doha, Qatar, in 2013. Durham experienced over $5 billion in announced new investment that created more than 20,000 jobs during her tenure, including the birth and rapid growth of an entrepreneurial eco-system that is now considered one of the most vibrant in the South.
A 27 year veteran of Chamber and Economic Development work, she also served as President and CEO of Chambers in Pennsylvania and Florida.
She sits on numerous boards but most notably serves on the Community Growth and Investment Foundation, an international foundation created to help Chambers throughout the US and Canada strengthen their expertise and engagement in community and economic development initiatives in their communities.
She is a regular blogger and radio host…. and in her spare time she dances in the street, enjoys tequila tastings, and visits her grandkids who live too far away….and yes, in that order.