City of Middletown hires new economic development director

6 May 2020- Butler County Connect
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – Last week, the City of Middletown announced the hiring of Chris Xeil Lyons as Economic Development Director. Lyons is an experienced economic development professional, serving numerous communities over the past 20 years.
Middletown hires Chris Xeil Lyons. Photo submitted.
“Middletown is filled with history, entrepreneurship, a talented workforce and endless opportunities,” Lyons said. “I am honored to lead our economic development efforts and work closely with our community partners to create jobs and new investments in this great city.”
Lyons’ past roles include working for the City of Hamilton and the Butler County Auditor’s office. Most recently, Lyons served as the first-ever Economic Development Director for the City of Sharonville.
“I am thrilled to welcome Chris Xeil to Middletown,” said City Manager Susan Cohen. “Her experience and leadership will help the city continue its past success and build an even brighter future.”
Lyons received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Miami University, and her Master of Business Administration from Thomas More College. She serves on the boards of the Hamilton County Development Corporation, the Ohio Economic Development Association, the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board, and the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty Townships.
Recently, Lyons was recognized as one of the “top people to know in government” by the Cincinnati Business Courier. She has graduated from the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute, the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance Leadership 21, and Leadership Hamilton.
As one of her first actions, she is rolling out Middletown’s new development website, The site is aimed at giving potential developers the information they need to consider potential investment in the Middletown area.
“We are excited to have a dedicated web space to share the opportunities employers and businesses can have in Middletown,” Lyons said. “This is a robust information hub that will be a one-stop shop for anyone looking to do business in the city.”