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Baseball taught him skills to grow businesses

August 6th, 2019 STSN Staff
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By the City of Chandler

Ryan Kaup has worked at the City of Chandler for more than five years. 

He started as an intern while deciding whether to pursue a masters of public administration degree at Arizona State University. 

He had a bachelor’s degree in economics and wanted to see if he found the economic development field interesting. He discovered that he really enjoys working every day with a wide range of private sector industries and helping to grow the local economy. 

In his role as an economic development specialist, Kaup works closely with companies on their real estate needs, whether they are looking for land sites or existing commercial buildings. 

In addition to this business attraction role, he regularly meets with local companies on “business retention” visits to build relationships, facilitate introductions and address City-related items that can help companies grow their operations.

According to Kaup, economic development is a relatively small field that takes time to learn and understand the many partners that economic developers work with on a regular basis, such as brokers, site selectors, developers, attorneys and architects. 

A large part of his job is to study economic trends and to ensure that the City keeps up with how the market is constantly changing. 

Kaup has a unique experience working in Chandler, in particular because it’s also his home town. He was raised in Chandler, attending Bogle Junior High and graduating from Hamilton High School. 

After high school, he ventured out and had many stops throughout the country. He first moved to California to play college baseball for Claremont McKenna College before eventually transferring colleges to play baseball in Ohio for Miami University.

 Afterwards he traveled throughout the United States for three years playing baseball for multiple minor league independent teams.  

Ryan’s baseball experiences taught him many life skills that he still applies every day. 

Learning to set goals and develop a plan to achieve them, as well as working together within a team to achieve results are just a couple. Ryan believes that baseball definitely teaches a person a lot about failure and learning how to improve the next time. 

“It’s definitely a sport that can humble you quickly. You simply have to embrace this and develop a growth mindset to get better the next time,” he said. 

These skill sets apply to the field of economic development, where everyone can learn from the experiences of other cities and regions, both good and bad – and grow from them. 

“Once you start working in it, you have to pay closer attention to your competition,” he added. “Your mind just starts working this way.”

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