Thayr Richey

Thayr Richey, Ph.D.

Thayr Richey is president of Strategic Development Group, a firm that specializes in community-based economic development.  SDG has been helping communities, regions, and businesses develop innovative strategies since 1991.

Thayr has had a wide range of experience in both the government and the private sector.  He has served as executive director of the Indiana Department of Commerce, the director of economic development for Hoosier Energy, the executive director of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, and the director of the Governor’s Initiative on Economic Development.  Thayr has worked on projects throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Japan.

Over the past two decades, Thayr has been involved with hundreds of business locations and expansions.  Thayr has spoken on community and economic development to a variety of audiences in the United States and abroad.  His writing on economic development includes the topics of planning, work force development, new business recruitment, retention & expansion and export promotion.

Thayr and his wife live in Bloomington, Indiana.  Thayr’s hobbies include music, tennis and chess.

Thayr can be reached at 812-331-1282 or at