Wolf administration official Lance Chimka to oversee Allegheny County economic development
Allegheny County has tapped a Gov. Tom Wolf administration official and former county manager to helm its economic development agency.
Lance Chimka will begin his role as director of the Allegheny County Economic Development on Sept. 10, county Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced Thursday.
Chimka, who lives in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood and has a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, has served as regional director of the Governor’s Action Team within the state’s economic development department since 2015. He worked with public officials and private companies to attract businesses and help them grow throughout 10 counties in Western Pennsylvania.
“With Lance’s experience and background, he can take our assets and those of our region, and leverage them to keep our region competitive,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. “This is particularly true when it comes to his understanding of the needs of new technologies and industries looking to make our region home, or to expand further here.”
Before working for the state, Chimka was a project manager and then manager of business and community development for Allegheny County. He lives in the Deutschtown section of Pittsburgh’s North Side with his wife and two children.
He will oversee more than 70 employees of ACED, whose work ranges from revitalizing brownfields to helping single-family owners with home improvements.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to return to the county and infuse the department with some new energy and new ideas,” Chimka said in a statement. “My vision for ACED is for it to be a more aggressive, more creative and more accessible partner that offers a higher rate of return to the residents and businesses of Allegheny County.”
Chimka will replace outgoing ACED Director Bob Hurley, who is stepping down to work in the private sector, officials said.
“We’re proud of the work that Bob Hurley and ACED has done over the past few years and wish him every success as he joins the private sector to tackle new challenges in his career,” Fitzgerald said.