Gillette--D.G. Reardon, President of the Campbell County Economic Development Agency (CCEDC) announced today that Philippe Chino, Executive Director of CCEDC has announced his retirement. Chino has served as the Executive Director since 2009 and will be leaving CCEDC in January.
Under Chino’s leadership, CCEDC has been involved with a number of initiatives, including development of a five-year economic development strategic plan in 2010. The extensive process led to several pro-active business development initiatives for CCEDC, including collaboration with the University of Wyoming to build a business incubator in Campbell County, creation of a working group to evaluate and pursue expansion of Energy Park and development of a rail industrial park in Campbell County. CCEDC also became involved in retail recruitment and development which led to the location of Famous Footwear in Gillette.
Chino indicated his philosophy is to stay in executive positions for no more than five years, which allows economic development organizations to evolve, bringing in new leadership, new ideas, and giving new board members the opportunity to choose their executive staff. Chino indicated it is a good time to transition to a new director considering the success of the recent funding campaign. The “Partners in Prosperity” campaign generated $2 million of investment for CCEDC. “The completion of the funding campaign creates a sound future for CCEDC and the organization is well positioned to continue its mission of promoting business retention, expansion and recruitment,” said Chino. “I am glad to have been a part of Campbell County’s economic program and to see first-hand the growth the region experienced,” he added.
Chino has worked in the economic development profession for 25 years with assignments in Virginia, Arizona and Wyoming. Chino decided to retire in Wyoming and with his family chose to do so in Laramie. He also plans to spend time in Phoenix, AZ.
Expressing his appreciation, Reardon commended Chino for his service with CCEDC. “The Campbell County business community is growing and thriving. Under Phillipe’s administration, CCEDC was involved in a number of initiatives. We appreciate his service to CCEDC and our community and wish him well in his retirement and future endeavors.”
Joel Dingman, former President of CCEDC who worked with Chino for several years offered the following observation, "During my tenure, Philippe's leadership with CCEDC initiatives was unique and valuable. His conviction was always centered on grassroots growth. Philippe believed that initiatives had to start within the community and committees formed to support the initiatives with citizens passionate about the individual growth opportunities."
Moving forward, CCEDC will initiate a search for a new Executive Director. Heidi Hockett, Vice President of CCEDC stated, "The board will spearhead the process to hire a new director. We look forward to enhancing return on investment for our shareholders, and continuing to meet ongoing community needs.”
Reardon indicates CCEDC will utilize the five-year community-driven plan to lead the organization through the transition. “With change often comes opportunity. We will seek out a candidate who has skills aligned with our strategic goals and who can provide the leadership to maintain CCEDC’s reputation as a leading economic development agency in the region. We are optimistic and anticipate new and exciting opportunities for CCEDC.”
CCEDC is a 501.c.6 organization funded by public and private investors and managed by a Board of Directors. CCEDC fosters business retention, expansion and recruitment in Campbell County and its communities and promotes the region as an outstanding environment in which to conduct business and reside. For more information, go to CCEDC.net.