BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Mayor Joe Ganim has announced the appointment of Thomas F. Gill as the new director of the Bridgeport Office of Planning and Economic Development.
Gill is taking over for Interim Director Ed Lavernoich, who will return to his position at the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp.
“I am passionate about Bridgeport; this is where I am from,” said Gill, who is leaving his position as COO of Black Rock Capital to take the reigns at OPED. “We have over 40 active projects that we plan to lay out. These projects mean job creation, an increase in tax base and an increase in quality of life."
As director of OPED, he is slated to earn a salary of $124,000 per year.
Gill previously served as Bridgeport's director of economic development for six years under the administration of Mayor John Mandanici. He also served as president, CEO and director of Fairfield First Bank and Trust Co. before beginning his tenure at Black Rock.
Citing Gill’s experience, Ganim expressed optimism that his new OPED director would provide an economic boost for the area.
“We have known each other for decades, and Tom has a genuine love for his city,” the mayor said. “I am certain his experience in the public and private sector while bring a unique perspective to development in Bridgeport.
“I greatly appreciate the input we received from the regional business community and statewide economic development officials while choosing Tom Gill for this position. He is the right man for the job, and will greatly benefit our community.”
Gill is a member of the Equipment Lease and Finance Association, International Association of Diemakers and Diecutters and Foil Stamping Association.
He received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Bridgeport, and a master's of banking and finance from the University of Wisconsin. Gill served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1966 to 1972.
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