City names new economic development chief

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has named a county planner from Virginia, Stephen K. Griffin, as Evanston’s new director of Community and Economic Development.

Griffin, who will start work in Evanston Nov. 29, has twenty five years of municipal community development experience.

Griffin has been director of planning for Prince William County, Va., since 2002.

Before that he was director of planning in Spotsylvania County, Va., and director of community and economic affairs in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Griffin received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

“Griffin brings to Evanston a combination of working in a large, diverse county along with a history of bringing innovative approaches to project review and economic development,” Bobkiewicz said.

“His eight years in working Prince William County have exposed him to many challenges serving a community that is very passionate about maintaining its quality of life. Successfully navigating the county’s unique mix of historic properties and development pressures in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area have prepared Steve well for the challenges he will face in Evanston,” Bobkiewicz added.

Evanston’s Community and Economic Development Department provides overall program administration and coordination for housing, planning, zoning, economic development, property standards, building permits and construction activities. 

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