Niagara Region has appointed a new director of economic development, filling an almost two-year vacancy at the region.
The Region announced Thursday that George Spezza — the former director of business growth services for Toronto’s economic development and culture office who has worked in the economic development sector for more than 20 years — has been hired for the job, following a “thorough recruitment process.”
Valerie Kuhns, the strategic economic initiatives for Niagara Region Economic Development department, has been temporarily filling the vacancy, working as acting department director for most of the past two years.
Former director Domenic Ursini was fired in December 2018, along with three other regional managers hired by now-former chief administrative officer Carmen D’Angelo.
As the region’s new director of economic development, Spezza will lead Niagara’s economic development team, promoting the region on a global scale and works in partnership with local area municipalities to encourage investment in the Region.