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Newark native, economic development expert: Paper route helped career

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WASHINGTON — Jeff Finkle, a 1972 Newark High School graduate retiring early next year after 35 years leading the International Economic Development Council and its predecessor, credits some of his success to the experience of being a newspaper carrier.

Finkle, an Ohio University graduate, considered careers in journalism, law and education, became a state lobbyist, developed an interest in real estate and worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, before finding his niche in economic development.

But, through all the twists and turns his career took before his landing on economic development, Finkle stressed the importance of the business management skills he learned at the ages of 12 to 17, delivering The Advocate. He said it might make for the topic of a future speech.

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