Chad believes that small and medium sized businesses, and the workers who make them successful, are the backbone of our economy. And he believes that government should do everything in its power to make it easier for people to do business in the City of Wheeling.

From faster processing of permits, licenses and other paperwork, to exploring innovative incentives to help bring new business and development to life, he believes Wheeling should be “Open for Business” not just as slogan, but as an everyday reality.

Chad championed the admittedly risky venture of the city taking possession of the former OVMC property. In time, his bold leadership paid off when WVU Medicine was induced to develop a new comprehensive regional cancer center on that site, a $90 million transformational project expected to create 150 permanent jobs and up to 50,000 patient visits annually.

Chad helped create and advocated for the Downtown Facade Improvement Program, which provides matching grants for qualified facade improvements to privately owned commercial buildings throughout the city. To date, the nearly $1 million in grants awarded have generated $5 million in additional investment.

He has also personally invested in Wheeling’s comeback, as an owner of several mixed-use properties, including two downtown properties currently being renovated.