Mohave County supervisors could hire economic development chief

December 17, 2018

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors will review a recommendation to hire Mohave County’s new Economic Development Director today.

Utah resident Tami Ursenbach could lead Mohave County’s economic development as early as Jan. 7, with an $80,246 salary. Her potential hire will be contingent on the Board of Supervisors’ willingness to accept the recommendation, which was submitted this month by County Manager Mike Hendrix.

“We interviewed three people for the position, and (Ursenbach) was our top choice,” Hendrix said. “She did an excellent job in her interview and she really seems to understand economic development. I’m looking forward to her coming on board and helping us.”

According to Ursenbach’s resume, she has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Western Governors University, and five years of experience as an economic development director in Carbon County, Utah; and as a member of the Mini-Cassia Economic Development Commission in Heyburn, Idaho.

She considers herself to be a proactive economic development leader, a team-player who also works well independently, and says she is goal-oriented and driven. Ursenbach has arranged for her respective communities to receive more than $1 million in grants, created programs to amplify economic growth, and she has implemented marketing strategies that have resulted in company growth, her resume says.

“I believe her plan will be to visit with supervisors to see what their priorities are,” Hendrix said. “She’s good at building relationships. She’s going to reach out to stakeholders – the Realtors and chambers of commerce, and set up relationships with economic development organizations in the cities. She will be a tremendous asset to us, and I hope the board approves her.”

Earlier this year, Mohave County officials considered combining the positions of economic development director and Mohave County communications director. The Board of Supervisors, however, declined the suggestion of creating the latter position.

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to decide on Ursenbach’s potential appointment as economic director at their Dec. 17 meeting.

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