BROCKVILLE – Robert (Rob) George Nolan, MBA, M.A.E.S., B.E.S., has been appointed the new Director of Economic Development at the Corporation of the City of Brockville.
Mr. Nolan is an economic development professional with 20 years’ experience at delivery programs and strategy development at the local, regional and national levels. Rob Nolan’s most recent role wa as the Manager, Investment Attraction for the Regional Municipality of Durham; responsible for leading the Region’s efforts to attract new foreign direct investment. Prior to joining Durham Region, Rob worked for the City of Toronto’s Economic Development department as the Manager of Sector and Strategic Partnerships and as Senior Consultant with Millier Dickinson Blais (now MDB Insight) , providing economic development consultancy services to municipalities across Canada.
Rob also spend more than 12 years working in the United Kingdom, much of his time with the South East England Development Ageny (SEEDA), one of 9 regional development agencies in the UK. While at SEEDA, Rob held a number of roles in strategy and corporate planning, investment attraction and investor development. Rob also worked for a local investment promotion agency (West London Inward) and the UK’s national investment promotion agency (the then Invest in Britain Burea).
Rob has received his Economic Development certification (Ec.D) from the Economic Developers Association of Canada and has a Master in Business Administration from the University of Kingston (London), as well as a Masters in Applied Environmental Studies (MAES) and undergraduate degree (BES) from the University of Waterloo.
Rob Nolan will be responsible for all aspects of Economic Development inluding investment Attraction and Retention as well as review and revision of the most recent Economi Development Stratety (2029) undertaken by the City of Brockville. A primary master plan was consturcted and the four strategic documents were determined.
- Economic Development Strategy
- Integrated Community Sustainabililty Plan
- Downtown and Waterfront Master Plan and Urban Design Strategy
- Land Use and Growth Management Strategy
At the time of constructing the four documents, a special effort as made to ensure continuities existed between them. It carried an emphasis on socio-economic wellbeing in conjunction with values and needs identified in the intgrated.
Community Sustainability Plan: The goal was to assist in the preparing of the existing workforce and workforce of tomorrow for skillede labour and specialty trades or professions. Four themes represent the areas of attention articulated in the Economic Development Strategy were determined:
- investment attraction, retention and expansion
- Tourism industry expansion
- Entrepreneur attraction
- Workforce development
Rob Nolan will join the City of Brockville and assume full-time employment starting May 8th, 2017. If you would like to learn more about the City of Brockville Economic Development initiatives and programs, please visit our website at www.brockville.com.