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Brockton hires community development coordinator

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Kathleen Arseneau will oversee department that also looks at business expansion and development

Brockton native Kathleen Arseneau will now lead the economic development charge in Brockton.

This is a one year contract position that Brockton plans to finance through a Rural Economic Development grant application the municipality applied for.

After several failed attempts over the last few years to convince Council to create an economic development officer position, Mayor Dan Gieruszak is thrilled with the new hire.

He says the Community Development Coordinator position represents a refocus of Brockton.

He says the focus really is on quality of life within the community as well as business expansion and development.

Gieruszak believes the Community Development Coordinator position is a much more encompassing position in responsibility than the previously proposed economic development coordinator position.

It is his personal hope that the 12 month contract position will roll out to be 18 months in order to allow the new Council of the day to experience the benefits of the position.

Arseneau is from the Greenock area (Brockton) and comes from the agricultural business sector where she worked for a farm credit corporation in Owen Sound and Guelph.

Gieruszak looks forward to working with her to implement Brockton’s Business Expansion and Retention policy.

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