New Milford names new economic development director

March 26, 2019

New Milford will have a new economic development director as of this Friday.

Karen Pollard was announced as the new director at Monday’s Town Council meeting.

Pollard comes to the town after 15 years with Rochester, N.H. While there, she built up the city’s economic development office, brought in more than 1,000 jobs and averaged $50 million in grand list growth in the past five years. She helped expand the Granite State Business Park and bring Albany International’s Safran Aerospace Composites manufacturing facility, Mayor Pete Bass said.

“We have been deliberate about our search for an Economic Development Director; Karen’s experience and connections in the region as well as throughout the U.S. will help New Milford achieve our goals and objectives for economic development, ” Bass said.

The position has been unfilled for more than a year. Kevin Bielmeier last held the role but the position was eliminated in late 2017.

Pollard’s salary will be $125,000.

Bass said it’s important to increase the businesses in town, especially as New Milford continues to get less money from the state.

“We can’t wait for the hope of that to change; we have to be proactive about increasing our revenues through grand list growth and new jobs,” he said. “Karen has a proven track record in doing just that, in a town about the size of New Milford, starting from the ground up. We are very excited to have her leading economic development for New Milford.”

New Milford worked with Logan Development Group, a professional recruiting firm.

“I’m impressed by New Milford’s potential for business growth and excited to take on the challenges. By working together with dedicated leadership, we can shine a light on the town’s numerous assets and attract new businesses and jobs,” Pollard said in a news release. “New Milford has a lot to work with and a great foundation to support a robust economic development program.”