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  • New director looks forward to economic development challenges

    Jan 27, 2022 | Read More News
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    A commitment to serving the community is what drew Pima County Economic Development Director Heath Vescovi-Chiordi to the public sector and to economic development. 

    “The overall goal is to help create jobs in our community,” he said. “That’s why I got into public service and economic development in the first place.” 
    Heath Viscovi-Chiordi
    Vescovi-Chiordi started in his new job with Pima County in mid-January after several years with the town of Marana, where he served in many roles. His last post with the town was as interim director of the Marana Regional Airport, a facility that is home to more than 260 aircraft and sees 90,000 takeoffs and landings annually. He also worked as assistant to the town manager and economic development specialist. 

    When Vescovi-Chiordi started at the town as an intern, he said the town manager gave him the freedom to explore the many functions of municipal government and find an area where he thought he could excel. The area that ultimately drew him in was economic development. 

    “I kind of fell in love with it,” he said. 

    Coordinating the many facets of government and the private sector needed for successful economic development presents many challenges, but that’s part of what Vescovi-Chiordi likes about the work. 

    “It’s a coordination of multiple efforts,” he said. “It teaches you a little bit about every department.” 

    In Pima County’s Economic Development Department, this will include working with County Public Works departments to coordinate infrastructure and utility placements to make sites attractive for capital investments. It will also involve continuing Pima County’s work with school districts, Pima Community College, and regional employers to strengthen the workforce for major employers in areas like aerospace, defense, logistics, and supply chain management.

    Originally from Scottsdale, Vescovi-Chiordi moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona, a location just far enough away to offer independence but not too far to go back home when he needed. 

    That rationale appears to have worked well. Vescovi-Chiordi holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master of Public Administration, both from the University of Arizona. 

    Outside of municipal government, Vescovi-Chiordi teaches a master’s level Economic Development course at the University of Arizona. 

    Vescovi-Chiordi replaces former Economic Development Director John Moffatt, who retired earlier this month. Moffatt served as Economic Development director for nearly a decade over a more than 20-year career with Pima County.