Dave White, chief business development officer for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, resigned to accept a position as CEO of Stanislaus County Economic Development and Workforce Alliance in Modesto, Calif.
Since 2006, White has served the Colorado Springs region as chief business development officer of the Business Alliance and its predecessor organization, the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation.
“It is very exciting to see how the region has come together under the leadership of the Business Alliance board of directors and president and CEO Joe Raso to develop a plan to bring about sustained economic vitality,” White said in a news release. “I expect great success from the Business Alliance in the coming years.”
He added that the decision to leave was difficult to make.
“Dave has made a significant and lasting contribution to our region’s economic growth in the time he has been here and we thank him for that,” said Raso. “The work he has done in expanding our local business visitation program, the development of our nine economic sector teams with over 50 sector volunteers, and his extensive marketing of our region are priorities we will continue to focus on. His customer service to new and existing businesses is unparalleled and we will continue to maintain that standard.”
In Modesto, the hiring team noticed White’s efforts.
“One of the reasons we really liked Dave for this position was due to the incredible level of collaboration and communication we noticed at the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance,” said Jeff Grover, chairman of the board for the Stanislaus County Alliance. “Seeing how the Business Alliance has created a cluster industry strategy and engaged volunteers from those industries into the day to day business of economic development was one of the main reasons we wanted to hire Dave.”
White will remain with the Business Alliance until mid-December. A national search will be conducted for his replacement.