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Charlotte economic development director leaving for job in Florida

Bill Cronin, the city’s former economic development czar.
Bill Cronin, the city’s former economic development czar. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

After a little more than a year on the job, the city of Charlotte’s economic development director is leaving for a similar job in Florida.

Bill Cronin was hired last year to oversee Charlotte’s economic development and business recruiting activities. Now, the Pasco Economic Development Council has hired Cronin as its new president and CEO. Pasco County, Fla., is just north of Tampa and includes miles of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico.

Cronin couldn’t immediately be reached Monday. He has previously worked in Florida, directing international trade development for the state’s public-private business recruiting entity, Enterprise Florida.

“I am looking forward to returning to Florida where I first started my career in economic development,” said Cronin, according to a statement in the Tampa Bay Times. “We have a great product here and a business-friendly community that understands smart growth.”

Cronin was paid a $115,000 salary by the city. Cronin’s post is another top position the city must fill, along with its search for a permanent planning director.

His departure comes as local governments focus more on economic development. Mecklenburg County hired its own economic development director, Peter Zeiler, earlier this year.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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