Huron County hires new director of economic development

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HURON COUNTY – The County of Huron has hired a new director of economic development.

The county announced Vicki Lass as their new director of economic development on Nov. 8.

“The county is very fortunate to have someone of Vicki’s immense talent join our team.” Warden Glen McNeil said. “Vicki’s knowledge and expertise will undoubtedly help to foster the development and growth of Huron County. I extend the warmest of welcomes to Vicki and look forward to working collaboratively with her and the whole Economic Development team.”

Lass’s experience includes retail management, strategic planning, environmental management, food safety, and economic development.

She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a diploma in business. In addition, she has completed a certificate in economic development with the University of Waterloo.

“I’m very excited to join the Huron County team,” Lass said. “I have a strong belief in the power of community consultation and collaboration and I take great pleasure in helping communities build on their strengths to reach their fullest potential. I’m eager to work with the staff and community of Huron to achieve the county’s goals of a vibrant community for all to enjoy and prosper.”

Lass will begin her role on Dec. 6, after working for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs for nearly two decades, most recently as agriculture and rural economic development advisor.

“Vicki comes to the position with an extensive background in economic development and a true understanding of how to best support Huron County,” said John Marshall, chair of the Huron County Economic Development Board of Directors. “On behalf of the Board, I welcome Vicki Lass to the team and look forward to the progress we’ll make together.”

The search began after Cody Joudry resigned in September. Joudry was the economic development director for four years before leaving to take a position in Dufferin County.

Planning Director Sandra Weber assumed the duties as acting director of economic development on Sept. 20.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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