November 2, 2010 –The Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has hired George A. Ciccone as its new fulltime Executive Director. Ciccone comes to MEDC with more than 30 years of economic development experience, having held the post of economic development director in North Adams, Somerville, Chelsea, Attleboro and Worcester.
As Worcester’s Director of Economic Development he implemented a comprehensive economic development program for the City that included an EDA-funded planning program to support the development of strategies and projects; the management of the City’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program and the preparation of a development plan for the South Worcester Industrial Park project.
Ciccone was also Worcester’s Director of Downtown Development where he directed the preparation and submission of the City’s successful and first-in-the-state applications for both a District Improvement Financing (DIF) District and a DIF Program for the proposed $560 million, mixed-use, downtown redevelopment project. He was a senior leader of the City team charged with developing an “Economic Development Action Agenda” for the City, a policy document to guide the integration of proposed, current, and future development projects into the downtown.
According to MEDC Chairman Arthur Bergeron, “We are delighted to have George on our team. His wealth of experience in Worcester in particular, together with his innovative and collaborative approach will be key to implementing strategies for Marlborough’s economic development.”
Ciccone replaces Marilyn Whalley the economic development consultant who worked with the MEDC Board of Directors as its part-time Executive Director for the past year. During her tenure she initiated a strong Marketing and Outreach program, developed a comprehensive data base on large and high tech businesses in Marlborough, assisted businesses in finding expansion locations and accessing the TIF program. She also supported the development of the successful Marlborough Business Innovation Summit held in September.
The MEDC staff also developed important partnerships in the commercial real estate field and assisted local efforts to define a downtown strategy for improvements. It was on the recommendation of Whalley that the MEDC Board began its search for a full-time Executive Director.
Whalley believes the City of Marlborough is wise to invest in its strong business tax base. “Given the number of high quality businesses in Marlborough, the opportunity to become a regional leader in economic development and strong competition from other areas in the region, a full-time Executive Director is critical to the City’s long-term success. George Ciccone has all the qualities necessary to help the City meet its economic development goals.”
Whalley is currently the Town Planner for Raynham, MA and also a Community Development Block Grant consultant.