Rodney Gonzales


J. Rodney Gonzales is Deputy Director for the City of Austin’s Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office (EGRSO). He has been in municipal government finance and economic development since 1996 and has been with the City of Austin since June 2006. Prior to coming to Austin, Rodney was the Director of Finance for the cities of San Marcos, Texas and Luling, Texas….
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The Honorable Pedro Segarra


Pedro E. Segarra was sworn in as Hartford 66th Mayor after he was overwhelmingly selected by Hartford voters on January 3, 2012. However, his commitment to realizing the promise of Connecticut’s Capital City began long before that day. Segarra’s personal experience with poverty, discrimination and overcoming adversity has shaped his vision for Hartford—to bring people of all ethnicities, faiths and socioeconomic backgrounds together to create meaningful change….
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Ricardo Noguera

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Ricardo Noguera hails from New York. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Long Island. His education includes a B.A. in Cultural Geography from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a M.C.P. in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley.

Noguera has more than 22 years of experience in the field of community economic development representing communities throughout the San Francisco bay area, south Florida, Los Angeles, and for the past five years the central valley community of Visalia, California. He joins the City of Tacoma’s Community & Economic Development Department as Director in September 2012.

Key successes include authoring the Industrial Protection Zone in San Francisco’s Mission District; build-out of two RDA project areas in East Palo Alto, including recruitment of IKEA and negotiating several development agreements with retailers and 400,000 square feet of office development; administered entitlement process for 4,800 units of high rise luxury condos, managed completion of master plan for Johnson and Wales university in North Miami; financed several affordable housing developments and a market-rate retail and residential development in South Los Angeles; and recruited and filled more than 450,000 sf of national retailers to the Mooney Blvd. commercial corridor and expansion and recruitment of more than a dozen industrial firms in Visalia’s industrial park during the 2007-12 recession….
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Patricia Clare

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Patricia Clare has over twenty-five years experience in the field of planning, downtown revitalization, and economic development. Currently serving as Deputy Director for Louisville Metro’s Department for Economic Growth and Innovation, Ms. Clare leads the Advanced Planning Team whose primary effort is to guide Mayor Greg Fischer’s goal of developing a 25-year vision for the Louisville community….
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