David Civittolo

David Civittolo
Associate Professor & Extension Field Specialist, Community Economics
OARDC, Administration Building, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691
Phone: 330-263-3627 Fax: 330-263-3667
Degree Information: 
MPA in Public Administration, Bowling Green State University
BS, Bowling Green State University
Additional Information: 

Specialization & Areas of Expertise:


  • Economic Development

Areas of Expertise:

  • Community Planning
  • Leadership Development
  • Local Government Leadership
  • Strategic Planning



Romich, E., Bowen-Ellzey, N., Moss, M., Bond, C., Civittolo, D. (2015). Building Sustainability in Gas- and Oil-Producing Communities. Journal of Extension, Volume 53, Number 3, Article #3IAW1.


David Civittolo is an Associate Professor and Field Specialist focusing on Community Economics. Currently he is housed on the OARDC Campus in Wooster, but is responsible for conducting economic development programs throughout Ohio. His primary research interests include strategic planning for economic development organizations and conducting business retention and expansion surveys for Ohio communities. His research also addresses economic development tools that can be utilized by cities, villages, and townships that can strengthen the financial impact of economic development projects.

Civittolo has been with Ohio State University Extension since 2000 and has served as a county educator and county director prior to his current position. Before his work with Extension, Civittolo was employed as a village manager for numerous communities in Ohio. In December of 2013, David was named the recipient of the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award.