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Oswego Hires New Economic Development Director

Oct 13, 2016 08:39AM ● Published by Steven Jack

Corinna Cole (Submitted photo)

After a six month search, the village of Oswego has hired its next Economic Development Director. 

The village announced Thursday that Corinna Cole has been selected to take the position vacated by Vijay Gadde in April. Cole comes to the village after working as a Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She is the village's third economic development director in the last five years. 

While in New York, Cole was responsible for negotiating and overseeing projects valued at $650 million, leading a team of project managers with a portfolio of more than 150 projects valued at $1.3 billion in public funding.

Cole has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Literature from Knox College in Galesburg and a Certificate in Real Estate Finance and Investment from NYU School of Continuing Professional Studies in New York City.  

Village President Gail Johnson said Cole's immediate focus will be the development of the village's downtown, the vacant Dominick's store and attracting new restaurants and retail. 

"I am beyond excited to welcome Ms. Cole to our team. She brings experience, enthusiasm, and vision to the position of Economic Development Director," said Gail Johnson, Village President. "We have interviewed a lot of good, qualified candidates for this position. We were determined to hire the best person not only for the job, but for this community. I am confident that we have."

Cole will be appointed to her post at the Oct. 18 Village Board meeting, and her first day with the village will be Oct. 19. Her annual salary will be $100,000.


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