The City of Redwood City announced this week it has hired a new Economic Development Manager, to help "intensify its focus on enhancing the vitality of the City's business sector."
Sean Brooks will start his new position on Dec. 5.
According to a statement sent out by the City, the position of Economic Development Manager is a new one, which has evolved from the City's previous use of a consultant for economic development coordination.
City Manager Bob Bell said, "Sean will be a great addition to our team in Redwood City, and I'm sure the spotlight he'll bring to our economic development will be very welcomed by our business community."
"He has an impressive background and has shown great leadership in working closely with businesses and associations to create opportunities for retail and business growth," Bell continued. "Sean's real estate and finance experience will also contribute to the entire scope of public-private partnerships toward economic development."
Brooks comes to Redwood City after working as the economic development manager for the cities of Hayward and Brea. In addition, Bell said Brooks has significant experience in public accounting, finance, and public/private real estate development. He is a CPA, and holds an MBA from UCLA.
Brooks said, "Redwood City is known in the Bay Area as a vibrant, forward-thinking city with incredible prospects for the future, and I am thrilled to become part of that."
"There is a great deal of emerging economic activity in this community right now," he continued. "My challenge, which I am grateful to accept, will be to build on this impressive foundation, and to enhance and strengthen the economic prospects of our business community and our City."
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