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Melcher appointed to new position focusing on economic prosperity for region

Post Date:11/19/2018 10:00 AM

Paul Melcher 

Yuma County Administrator Susan Thorpe has announced the appointment of Paul Melcher as the County’s first Economic Development & Intergovernmental Affairs Director. This new position is responsible for planning, organizing and directing economic development activities to include attracting new industry, business and investments to Yuma County. The job also entails proposing and tracking local, state and federal legislative initiatives to benefit the County. Melcher will be vacating his position as Deputy County Administrator and the search to fill this position will begin immediately. As part of the transition between positions, Melcher will continue as Interim Elections Director through the remainder of this election cycle and post-election reporting period.  

“Now, more than ever, the economic prosperity of this region is paramount,” explains Thorpe. “Paul will be a key part of the County’s renewed commitment to fostering an environment that stimulates diversified job creation, capital investments, and tax revenues.”

Melcher will administer the County’s economic development incentive policy, 4FrontED initiatives and related programs.  Another facet of the job will be conducting research, providing strategic analysis, making recommendations and conducting activities related to intergovernmental and legislative affairs at the local, regional, state and federal levels.

The County intends on proactively addressing critical areas that were previously dealt with on an ad-hoc basis. More and more state and federal legislation and regulations are impacting County operations and finances, and it’s the County’s intention to ensure our voice is heard at the Statehouse and the Capitol.  The County recently adopted an economic development incentive policy. This policy and the funding to support it shows that the County recognizes the importance of partnering with the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation and other agencies to attract and retain high wage jobs and robust industries in the Yuma County region.

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