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Former economic development director takes Corvallis job in same capacity

Tom Nelson, Sherwood's former economic development director, is named to same position in Corvallis


The city of Corvallis has hired Tom Nelson as its new economic development manager, where he will be working for both the city and Benton County. Nelson begins work Sept. 17.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tom Nelson

“We had outstanding finalists for this recruitment and we are very pleased that Tom has accepted the challenge and the important role as economic development manager here in Corvallis,” said Corvallis City Manager Jim Patterson in a news release. “Tom Nelson is well qualified and equipped to lead, implement and execute the economic development strategy in our city and county.”

Nelson worked as Sherwood’s economic development director for five years, serving three of those years under Patterson when the latter was working as Sherwood city manager.

Sherwood’s first economic development manager, Nelson was laid off in April due to budget cuts.

“I am excited and eager to get started implementing the city’s economic development strategy,” said Nelson. “I understand the importance of the work to our city and look forward to working with the great people in this community.”

Nelson’s starting salary in Corvallis will be $91,388 annually plus benefits.

He was selected out of a national search, which yielded 56 applicants for the position.

Prior to working in Sherwood, Nelson was a public finance officer and community Development Coordinator for what is now Business Oregon (formerly the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department for the state of Oregon). He also held positions with Chemeketa Community College as the Small Business Development Center director and with Linn Benton Community College as a Small Business Development Center trainer.

He is a graduate of Oregon State University and Linn Benton Community College.

-- Ray Pitz




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