If He Can’t Blog, No One Can

ELGL welcomes James Patrick Mobley as a new contributor to the ELGL blog. His first contribution will appear on August 22 and will focus on the three keys to economic development.

Since we’re making you wait a few days, let us tell you a few things about him: he is brony, he is master brewer and he models his teachings around Nickelback songs. Ok, only one is true. We’ll let you figure it out. Below is how he would prefer to introduce himself.


My graduate school focus was municipal management where I looked at the intersection of ethical leadership, economic development, and general municipal management.  Upon completion of the MPA program at PSU, I worked for the Columbia River Economic Development Council where I designed and managed a new investor relations program encompassing financial management, stakeholder engagement, performance measurement, program design & evaluation, policy analysis, and legislative affairs.

Since my experience with the CREDC, I provide business development, public affairs, and management consulting services to local start-up companies, electoral campaigns, and municipal governments.

I also teach PA311 Community Leadership and PA417 Public Sector Ethical Leadership at Portland State University.

Research Focus & Interests

Economic development policy and performance measures, ethics and leadership development, effective civic engagement techniques, and small business development.

Community Engagements/Service

  • Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) – Advisory Board Member, 2012
  • Housing & Community Development Commission (HCDC) – Chair, 2006-2010
  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA) – Member, 2006 – Present