Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Press Release from the City of Suisun City


SUISUN CITY — City Manager Suzanne Bragdon is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Garben as Suisun City’s new Economic Development Director.

Mr. Garben, who has worked for the Suisun City Redevelopment Agency as Project Manager for more than two years, assumed the Director’s role effective July 1. He succeeds Alvaro DaSilva, who served as Interim Economic Development Director following the departure of former Economic Development Director Randy Starbuck.

“I am very excited and honored to promote Jason into this vital role for Suisun City,” Ms. Bragdon said. “He’s been involved in a number of critical and complex development deals on behalf of the City and Agency over the past two years. Dovetail that with his private sector real estate experience and he is poised well to serve us in this new position.”

“Jason has the combination of passion and skill we need to deliver on the City Council’s priority of building a vibrant, sustainable local economy,” Ms. Bragdon said.

Since joining the Suisun City Redevelopment Agency, Mr. Garben was instrumental in negotiating and implementing the Main Street West disposition and development agreement, recruiting and negotiating with developers for RDA-owned property on Highway 12 near the Sunset Shopping Center, facilitating the development of the proposed Hampton Inn & Suites in the Waterfront District, negotiating terms and facilitating the proposed residential development at the south end of Civic Center Boulevard, and overseeing redevelopment of two Morgan Street parcels as live-work units.

Mr. Garben also represents Suisun City in regular recruiting trips seeking developers and tenants for a wide range of business opportunities in the City.

“My focus will remain on keeping projects in the pipeline moving forward, and on working toward bringing new business and investment to Suisun City,” Mr. Garben said. “Suisun City has been through so many exciting changes in the past 10 to 15 years. Now, we’ve got to bring in the final components to ensure a strong local economy for years to come.”

A fifth generation Solano County native, Mr. Garben has deep local roots. He earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in real estate finance and a minor in economics from San Diego State University. Prior to joining Suisun City in 2005, he spent approximately six years in the private sector working in the commercial real estate field.

Mr. DaSilva will continue to work part-time within the Department to provide specific expertise on a project-by-project basis.

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