Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Suisun City director headed for Pittsburg

From the Vacaville Reporter June 7, 2005

By Barbara Smith/Business Writer

Suisun City's economic development director will leave his post later this month to take a new job as redevelopment projects manager in Pittsburg.

Randy Starbuck, 47, who has been with Suisun City for six years, announced his departure Monday.

In his new post he will work on about 80 "ambitious" projects with redevelopment bond funds of $110 million, he said.

Starbuck said he will be doing the work he loves - redevelopment and called the new job a chance to make a positive impact on a community.

"You're changing the landscape, hopefully for the better," Starbuck said. "It looked like a good challenge to me in this part of my career, so that's why I went forward with it."

Starbuck said his greatest accomplishments in Suisun City were working with the Wiseman Company on the construction of 1 Harbor Center; Harbor Park, a mix of affordable and market rate housing, and Promenade, a single-family residential development on the waterfront.

He also looks forward to formalizing selection of a developer for the Main Street West project when the Suisun City Council meets tonight.

He acknowledged that he's leaving at a "very exciting time for Suisun."

Starbuck declined to discuss his new salary, but said he will miss his colleagues.

"There's been some wonderful people I've had the privilege of working with here," he said. "It's going to be hard to say goodbye."

Starbuck holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, as well as a master's degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Has worked in municipalities for 25 years.

For now, he said he will commute to Pittsburg so he can continue to reside in Suisun City with his wife, Elizabeth and his three children.

Barbara Smith can be reached at business@thereporter.com.

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