Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Chamber/EDC guy chosen

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Raso: coming soon.
  • Raso: coming soon.

You knew it would be a guy, and it is.

Joseph Raso, currently president and CEO of the Iowa City Area Development Group, has been hired by the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC as president and CEO.

The search involved 100 candidates, and interim boss Dave Csintyan was among the final four, the Chamber and EDC said in a news release.

Says the release:

“I am extremely excited that Joe Raso will be the new President and CEO of the Chamber and EDC,” commented Chairman of the Board of The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, Doug Quimby. “Joe is a dynamic and proven leader, an out-of-the box forward thinker. He is a community-minded person who understands the importance of economic prosperity to the overall health of the community and how to achieve it through collaboration with the entire business community, government and other community stakeholders. Joe is the ideal person to lead our organization in a new era.”


Raso, who will report for duty on May 14, has experience in business recruitment, support for corporate expansions, workforce and community development. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Northern Iowa.

From the release:
“I’m honored and excited about the opportunity to work with the leadership and staff of The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC,” commented Joe Raso. “Bringing together two quality organizations only enhances the business development opportunities for the region and I look forward to my part in building an even stronger economy.” He added, “These are very exciting times in Colorado Springs and the El Paso County region and I’m honored to be given this opportunity to work with an energized board, community and staff. I look forward to partnering with all of our members and investors to build on the many assets this area has to offer existing businesses and citizens, and those skilled workers and innovative companies we will help to create, attract and grow in our market.”


Csintyan, former President and CEO of the chamber, will stay on board until Raso arrives. No word about what happens to him then.

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