In an effort to increase its ability to respond to a growing number of business inquiries, the city of Gloucester has recently appointed two new officials to head development departments.
Thomas Daniel is now the director of the community development department, while Thomas Gillett will take on the role as executive director of Gloucester’s Economic Development and Industrialization Corp. (EDIC).
“We’ve been constrained through the last couple of years as the recession took hold and it really hurt the municipal budgets,” said Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk. “As the city gets financially stronger, which we are, and can fund these positions. It’s coinciding with the bounceback of the economy."
Daniel’s new position entails overseeing all city and harbor planning, as well as grant funding and the planning of various boards and commissions, which is where “all the magic happens,” Kirk said. It is also an area where his economic background comes into play, she added.
Daniel comes to Gloucester after serving as Salem’s economic development manager. He holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota. He is also a National Development Council-certified housing development and economic development finance professional.
Gillett takes on a role in a separate entity of the EDIC. He is charged with overseeing the industrial parks in the city and collaborating with Daniel for business opportunities within the city and on the harbor.
He has decades of experience in public and private business management, both domestically and internationally, with companies such as AT&T and GTE. He also holds a master’s degree in management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
“The first thing is to be responsive and efficient with handling the economic opportunities that are coming to the city,” Kirk said. “Now we have a central point and we’re more organized. We’re looking to have a company that wants to invest here have a better experience with the interface of the city.”