North Branch man picked to lead Duluth's economic development efforts
The city of Duluth has tapped Christopher Eng, an economic development leader from North Branch, to become its next director of business and economic development. In his new role, Eng also will serve as executive director of the Duluth Economic D...
The city of Duluth has tapped Christopher Eng, an economic development leader from North Branch, to become its next director of business and economic development. In his new role, Eng also will serve as executive director of the Duluth Economic Development Authority.
He will fill the position Brian Hanson will vacate, as he moves on to serve as CEO of the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion, commonly known as APEX for short. Eng is slated to begin work on June 25, assuming his appointment is approved by the Duluth City Council on May 29.
Eng is currently employed as executive director of the Chisago County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Economic Development Authority, based in North Branch. He will bring to the job more than 20 years of experience managing community development programs, housing and economic development activities; managing millions of dollars in federal grants; helping businesses relocate and expand; and administering economic development grant and loan programs. Eng also has private-sector experience, having owned a small business and working as a business consultant for start-up companies.
"It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to work with and serve the residents and businesses of Duluth. I love this community and have since I was a young child. To me, Duluth is the greatest City in the world to live, work and do business. I very much look forward to the wonderful opportunities Duluth has in store and am excited to begin my new journey," said Eng in a statement issued Tuesday.
In the same announcement, David Montgomery, Duluth's chief administrative officer said: "We are excited to have Chris join our team and provide leadership on economic development initiatives. The City and DEDA have achieved significant progress over the past several years and Chris brings in the right skills and experience to move Duluth towards continued prosperity and growth."
Eng is certified economic development finance professional and has held leadership positions in economic development agencies across the state such as the Economic Development Association of Minnesota and the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials; the Chisago Lakes Community Foundation; a statewide Green Jobs task force; and numerous other community organizations.