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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

New Economic Developer in town

Tomorrow is Charles “Chuck” Neeley’s first day as Western Nevada County’s new economic developer. He is replaced Larry Burkhardt, the former ERC President/CEO, who took a position in Colorado, after nine years of successful economic development in our area. Chuck is an Air Force Brigadier General, who retired 1 August 2005. Details on his successful career path can be found here. Not many navigators make star rank in an organization dominated by pilots. This could indicate he is one smart dude.

We wish Chuck the best in his new position. He faces two major challenges. He has to hone his economic development skills while learning about the complexity of our local politics. At the same time, he can bring a fresh view to local economic development without the political baggage of having been associated a specific local organization. Let's hope he can pick up and sustain the momentum generated by Larry in the first half of the year. He will need community support to get his own brand of economic development launched, so give him a hand if you can.

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