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By Fran David
New Economic Development Manager appointed
-- City Manager Fran David is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Lori Taylor as the new Economic Development Manager for the City of Hayward.
Taylor will lead the City's Economic Development Program, including implementation of the City’s new Economic Development Strategic Plan. Her team will oversee a range of programs designed to attract new businesses to Hayward and retain and expand existing businesses, as well as business events and promotion of Hayward’s many attributes as a highly desirable business location.
She has most recently served as Community Development Director for the City of Alameda. Prior to joining the City of Alameda, Taylor worked for seven years for the City of Fremont, last serving as Economic Development Director. In addition, she has worked for a variety of government agencies, including both Union City and the City of San Leandro.
In addition to her experience in local government, Taylor has served as Legislative Aide for former State Senate President Bill Lockyer, Legislative Assistant for former Assemblyman Johan Klehs and as the Community Relations Manager for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Mills College and has completed course work towards her Master’s in Public Administration at Cal State University, East Bay.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to serve in Hayward. It is an outstanding community that has adopted a comprehensive strategy to promote economic development and I am eager to begin implementing this vision,” stated Taylor.
“It is the City’s goal to ensure Hayward has a dynamic local economy where businesses can be successful and residents can enjoy high-quality commercial amenities and a range of quality employment opportunities. A vibrant, diverse economy is critical to the overall health and well-being of the community. I believe Ms. Taylor will be a tremendously valuable asset in assisting the City with realizing its goals and vision for economic development,” said Fran David, City Manager.
Taylor will take up her appointment on April 22, 2013. She replaces Sean Brooks, who left the City in November 2012 for a similar position with Redwood City.