St. Mary’s makes local hire for new economic development officer

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ST. MARY’S – The Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s has hired local resident Denise Dunn as its new economic development officer (EDO).

Dunn — whose academic background includes environmental technology and science — has worked in power generation, automotive manufacturing, consulting and business development, and education and training. She will report directly to Chief Administrative Officer Marissa Jordan on an initial eight-month term.

“[Dunn’s] position within the municipality [leads] efforts in facilitating economic and business development to secure growth and to increase local employment opportunities,” Jordan stated in an email. “The position will promote new business opportunities and provide support to existing businesses in the area to help with retention and expansion efforts and long-term economic sustainability.”

The municipality has been in the market for a new EDO since Jordan left the post to become CAO in March. At that time, she said, the ideal candidate to replace her would need “excellent written and verbal communication and project management skills, including grant writing and reporting [and] would need to understand economic development and how to continue to secure growth in a rural setting.”

“One of the focuses of this position will be [the EDO’s] role on the municipal land development committee,” Jordan said in April. “This committee has been recently established by council with the intention to realize and plan for potential economic opportunities through the development of municipal land.”

In related news, St. Mary’s has hired Teddy Stevens as its new director of public works. “[He] will perform and oversee, in conjunction with public works staff, the overall duties required in the operations of all municipal facilities,” Jordan said. “These facilities include the Municipal Transfer Station, Sewer Treatment Plant, Water Treatment Plant and the St. Mary’s Recplex … This is a permanent full-time position.”

Alec Bruce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal

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