Brief History of the Guernsey County Community Development Corporation


The Guernsey County Community Development Corporation, commonly referred to as the CDC, was founded in 1996 as the Byesville Board of Trade, with the purpose of promoting economic development within the Village of Byesville. In 2002 that organization transitioned to the Guernsey County CDC to better assist local communities around the county with economic and recreational development.

Over the course of the past 14 years the CDC has demonstrated a proven and successful track record of applying for, winning and managing over $10 million in grants that provide a variety of services and opportunities to the 40,000 residents of Guernsey County. Some of these grants include:

  • Clean Ohio Fund for the preservation of green space: $8 million
  • Recreational Trails Fund: $2.3 million
  • National Emergency Grant (NEG): $250,000
  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA): $350,000
  • Finance Fund: $30,000
  • AEP LEAP Grant: $10,000
  • Three ODNR NatureWorks Grants: $72,726
  • Three EPA Countywide Litter Cleanup Grants: $89,000 combined
  • ODNR Archery Range Grant: $16,699.00
  • Five ODNR Division of Wildlife Aquatic Education Grants:$17,542.00
  • USDA Community Facilities Grant: $50,000.00

In addition to the awarded grants, the CDC operates a number of programs and has completed a variety of projects. These include the 7 mile paved Great Guernsey Trail, the three recently built little league ball fields in Buffalo, Ohio at the Miner Park Complex, as well as 5 play pods for area parks. The CDC also conducts a free countywide fish camp and has done so for the last five years. The camp takes place at Jackson Park, located outside of Byesville, Ohio and is designed to educate kids on proper fishing techniques, casting and knot tying. Each kid receives a free fishing pole, tackle box and tackle. Other programs include our Disabled Veterans Transportation program that provides local veterans with free transportation to and from medical appointments, the summer youth work development program, the township government support program and support for local food pantries. See more information these programs below.

"Our Five Areas Of Focus Are: Veterans Support, Recreational Activities, Environmental Conservation, Affordable Housing And Township & Community Support..."


Ron Gombeda

Ron Gombeda

  • Executive Director

Ron Gombeda is the Executive Director of the Guernsey County Community Development Corporation where he oversees grant writing, fundraising, employee development, operations, community outreach and marketing. He is also currently an adjunct professor of business at Zane State College as well as a small business owner. He has over 10 years of leadership experience in corporate and non-profit organizations as well as a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master Degree in Business Administration. His area of expertise includes leadership, marketing, economic development, finance, budgeting, grant writing, human resources, land and wildlife management. He is a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the Cambridge Area YMCA, a member of the Board of Directors for The Cambridge-Guernsey County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), a member of the Guernsey County Planning Commission, a member of the Board of Directors for Guernsey County Habitat for Humanity, and a member of Cambridge Rotary where he serves as a board member on the Rotary Board of Directors and lastly he is a member of the General Benjamin D. Fearing Camp #2, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. In his spare time Ron enjoys spending time with this two children, Ayla and Jaron, as well as blogging, history, reading, hunting, fishing, camping and volunteering for various community organizations.

Heather Neff

Heather Neff

  • Development Director

Heather Neff is the Development Director for the Guernsey County CDC where she overseas the marketing of the CDC, fundraising, daily operations and coordination for the CDC's numerous events, such as the Sportsman's Bash, the Great Guernsey Trail Winter Banquet and more. She has over 10 years experience in customer service and office management as well as marketing, sales and advertising. Heather is also certified in radio/television communication and public relations. In addition to her marketing certifications, she carries additional certifications in emergency disaster relief, first responders and animal control from O.S.U. In the past she has served as the president for the Byesville home and school group and as a former member of the Ohio County Dog Warden Association. Heather is the proud mother of two children, her oldest, Taylor attends college where she is studying for her BSN and her youngest, Trevor, is a freshman in high school. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, horse back riding, hunting, fishing, camping and making primitive wood crafts.

Frankt Toth

Frankt Toth

  • Director of Veterans Transportation

Frank Toth is our Director of Veterans Transportation where he oversees the day-to-day operations of the program. Frank ensures that veterans are transported to and from their medical appointments while providing a safe environment. Frank is also a dedicated outdoors man and works on a variety of the CDC's recreational projects.

Dick Dailey

  • Project Manager

Dick Dailey is the CDC's project manager where he oversee's the various programs and projects undertaken by the CDC as well as managing the work crews. Dick has extensive knowledge of carpentry, mechanical repairs, residential and commercial maintenance as well as experience operating heavy equipment. In his spare time Dick enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his wife Melissa and son Dalton.

Paul Dickson

  • Maintenance Supervisor

Paul Dickson is our maintenance supervisor where he oversees the maintenance of our vehicles, repairs of our rental units that are a part of our affordable housing program, supervises participants in our employee development program and our summer youth program. Paul has over 30 years experience in a variety of fields and enjoys spending time with this girlfriend Cindy and son Paul Jr.

Dave Gombeda

Dave Gombeda

  • Mowing Supervisor

Dave Gombeda is our mowing supervisor where he overseas the care and maintenance of the CDC's nearly 4,000 acres of land. This includes mowing the Great Guernsey Trail, Coal Ridge Park & Trails, the Buffalo Ball Field, Fairview Cemetery, our rental properties and more. He also serves as our outreach coordinator and in this capacity he meets monthly with various local governments and coordinates activities and projects between the CDC and government organizations. Prior to joining the CDC staff Mr. Gombeda spent 14 years as a grounds keeper at the Cambridge County Club and he has served over 25 years as Jackson Township Trustee. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim Gombeda and his children (our own executive director) Ron Gombeda, Ryan Gombeda and Melissa Hendershot. He is also the proud grandfather of Cory Hendershot, Zach Hendershot, Ayla Gombeda, Jaron Gombeda and Kennady Gombeda. Dave is a die hard Bengals fan and is involved with a number of local organizations and programs.

Melissa West

  • Office Staff

Melissa West has the designation of office staff, but she fills a variety of roles here at the CDC including driver for the Veterans Transportation Service, summer youth supervisor, laborer and whatever else she is called upon to do.

Board of Directors

  • Levi Wade - President
  • Monica Holmes - Vice President
  • Gretchen Combs - Treasurer
  • Rebecca Scott - Secretary
  • Jay Jackson
  • Richard Gallagher
  • Bri Scott
  • Donna King-Hurd