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City names new economic development manager

The city has hired a new economic development manager to replace Ellis Berns, who retired in December.

City Manager Dan Rich announced that Mountain View resident Alex Andrade was tapped for the job, having previously worked as a consultant for the city. He's been a resident here since 2003.

"Alex's experience has given him a unique range of skills that will greatly benefit Mountain View," said Rich in an announcement. "Economic development is important to the city's fiscal sustainability and I am confident that Alex will be able to build strong relationships with the business community."

Andrade has spent 13 years in economic development, the last, in part, as an analyst in economic development for Mountain View, where he worked on a parking study for downtown, the end of the downtown revitalization district and a study on the economic viability of a new downtown grocery store.

Andrade has previous worked in a similar capacity for the cities of San Jose, Menlo Park and Los Angeles. His salary will be $107,000 a year.

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