Sandy Spang is currently serving as the sixth president of Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.
She previously served as the deputy director of economic development for the City of Toledo and as an elected member of Toledo City Council. Spang, also a business owner, spent her time on council and with the administration focused on finding ways to help entrepreneurs support their businesses and access programs designed to support their success. She worked with the economic development team to create and update grant programs that help business owners offset costs for facade, fire, accessibility, and building code upgrades.
Spang also led the team that created Permit Planner, a scoping tool that helps businesses and residents understand what permits, incentives, and special restrictions apply to their construction projects. She facilitated the Forward Cities E3 program, which brought the community’s entrepreneurial support organizations together to create a more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem and resulted in the launch of the Toledo Ramp (www.tolramp.biz), an online platform for free counseling, events, and access to capital.
Spang is a certified Ohio economic developer who has served on the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development National Committee. She’s also a founding member and co-chair of the Northwest Ohio Women’s Business Council and a board member for Lott Industries.
She has long been an advocate for regional planning and partnership and has participated in TMACOG as a member of the Leadership Development Committee and Executive Committee and has been an advocate for planning and partnership at the regional level.