Collinsville hires new economic development director

News-DemocratJune 11, 2013 

Collinsville hired a new economic development director to replace the director who resigned in January.

Erika Kennett officially will start as the new director July 1. Kennett will replace Paul Mann who tendered his resignation in January, a job he held since 2002.

The position pays between $80,000 and $90,000 annually. Kennett will report directly to the city manager as well as work with the city council, other city departments and public and private organizations to retain businesses, bring in more businesses and market the city to developers. Kennett will be responsible for planning and coordinating the administrative activities for city functions of economic development and Tax Increment Financing. She will oversee and supervise Collinsville's Economic Development department which is responsible for working to attract economic development to the city.

City Manager Scott Williams introduced Kennett to the city council at Monday's meeting.

"Erika will bring a great deal of talent and energy to the city," he stated. "The experience and credentials she possesses in economic development will not only serve as a significant advantage to her department initiatives, but to our ever-growing community as well."

Kennett has more than a decade of experience in development. She previously worked with the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, the Alliance of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon, the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, the Peninsula Alliance for Economic Development and the City of Franklin, Va.

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