BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim has announced the appointment of Edward P. Lavernoich as interim director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development, following the departure of David Kooris, who is leaving to manage a federal coastal resiliency grant of $54 million for the State of Connecticut after four years with the city.
Lavernoich is taking a leave from his position as president of the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. to assume his new position.
“I am very happy that Ed was available to serve in this critical capacity for the growth of the city of Bridgeport on an interim basis,” said Ganim. “At the same time, I am also grateful for the dedication and vision of David Kooris, who was also able to make some amazing things happen in his relatively short time with us.”
Lavernoich has been a 26-year employee of Bridgeport OPED, promoted five times under four different mayoral administrations. He served as interim director of OPED on two separate occasions during mayoral transitions, including under Ganim’s previous administration.
Lavernoich also served as the Town of Trumbull’s director of economic and community development for three years before coming to BEDCO as president. He has been a BEDCO Board member for more than 20 years.
In addition, Lavernoich is a former board member of the Steel Point Infrastructure Improvement District, current treasurer and former loan committee chairman of the Community Capital Fund and former executive director of the Bridgeport Redevelopment Agency.
“I am happy to be in a position to help Bridgeport move forward and become a place of innovation, a place of new ideas, and a place that people talk about in a visionary way, which is so important for the future of this great city,” he said. “I thank the mayor for this opportunity and I am very happy to work again with people with whom I have had such a great relationship over the years. What David Kooris has done here in his short period of time is really nothing short of extraordinary. I am eager to continue this legacy and get started again.”
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