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City of Reno names Bill Dunne as new Revitalization Manager
The City of Reno has announced the hire of Bill Dunne as its new Revitalization Manager. Dunne will officially begin his new position on Monday, April 4, 2016.
The Revitalization Manager will take a lead role in the City’s economic development, planning, and business expansion efforts, directly supporting the City’s priority to support and foster a Healthy and Efficient Business Environment. Another important task of Dunne’s will be to develop and implement strategies for the revitalization of deteriorated properties within the City.
“Mayor Schieve, Reno City Council, and I are excited to bring Bill on as Reno continues to grow, and we welcome more and more businesses to The Biggest Little City,” Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger says. “This position will be extremely important in our efforts to attack blight not only downtown, but throughout Reno’s neighborhoods.”
“It is crucial to understand and manage the concerns associated with change and growth in a community,” says Dunne, who comes to the City of Reno from Troy, New York, where he was Director of Economic Development and Planning. “Regardless of how many big projects are being undertaken in a municipality, success also needs to be measured by the level of resident engagement and in support of their vision for the community. I’m excited to take what I’ve learned in Troy and apply it to Reno.”
As the City of Reno continues to analyze where and how it will spend its Blight Initiative Fund, works to support Mayor Schieve’s Operation Downtown, moves ahead on Phase II of its ReImagine Reno master planning effort, and puts a comprehensive strategy in place to plan for growth, Dunne will play a pivotal role.
Dunne has more than 12 years of municipal government experience, as well as proficiency in managing complex organizations and projects in both the public and private sectors. At the City of Troy, he managed the day-to-day operations of the departments charged with all aspects of economic development, community development, planning, and grant writing.
In addition, Dunne was Executive Director of Troy’s two economic development agencies, the Troy Local Development Corporation and the Troy Industrial Development Authority. He is a graduate of Siena College in Albany, New York (Bachelor of Arts, History, 1985), and he earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Florida (1999).