Redding, CA: Today, Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Shasta EDC is pleased to announce that Todd Jones, former Director, Entrepreneurial Development, and most recently, Vice President, has been appointed President as of July 1st, 2020.
Tony Giovaniello, Shasta EDC President commented, “Todd has worked at the EDC for over three years. During that time, he has worked in all areas of our domain. Todd has deep family roots in our community and has developed excellent relationships and a deep understanding across the complete spectrum of industries, support organizations, with our municipalities and our elected officials. In addition, he exhibits a sincere and deep passion for our community, our economic growth, and the development of our people and infrastructure. All these characteristics, attributes, and accomplishments make him well-suited to be the next President of the Shasta EDC, as I transition to retirement. I will continue working at the EDC in a very focused and reduced capacity. Primarily, my focus will be on Shasta GMI (Grow Manufacturing Initiative), our CMTC CMA Plus FREE Consulting for manufacturers program, and airline service development.”
Shasta EDC Board Chair, Joe Cerami, said, “Todd has been a key and committed part of the EDC team. He has demonstrated the knowledge and leadership skills that will allow him to lead our organization into the future. We are confident that Todd can help us maneuver through this challenging time and identify new areas of opportunity for our community.”
Sharing some of his thoughts about the future direction for the EDC, Todd Jones, newly appointed president, commented, “I am excited about the opportunity to lead the Shasta EDC, an organization I have long admired in leading economic development in our region. In this age of collaboration, we are all working towards a common goal to make Shasta County prosper and I am excited about the partnerships that we have strengthened in the past several years. Shasta County is primed for opportunity with development at a high level throughout the county. The Shasta EDC will work towards putting our best foot forward when recruiting businesses to the area and plans to double-down on intentionally helping Shasta County business stay here and grow. In addition, we plan to continue the growth of our startup community and look forward to another successful Redding Venture Conference this fall.”
Jake Mangas, President and CEO of the Redding Chamber of Commerce added: “I have the pleasure of working with Todd on a consistent basis in the business community. He is a man of integrity and will represent the organization well as he does the Redding Chamber of Commerce as a current, active, and engaged Board Member. I have a high level of trust in him and look forward to working together for many years to come as we do our best to attract, retain, and grow economic opportunity in Shasta County. I commend the Board of the Shasta EDC for making this decision and recognize the mentorship and leadership style of his predecessor, Tony Giovaniello, who has fostered an environment that encouraged Todd’s professional growth. Todd is ready for this opportunity.”
The Shasta EDC is the point organization in Shasta County for Business Recruitment, Retention and Expansion, Airline Growth, and Startup Development. Established in 1957 by a group of private individuals, its first initiative was the development of the Mountain Lakes Industrial Park. Since then, the organization has grown to represent economic development for the City of Redding, City of Shasta Lake, and Shasta County. It does this in part with help from over 40 private investors who deeply care about the economic future and vitality of our region.
Find out more about the activities, initiatives, and programs of the EDC visit www.shastaedc.org.
The EDC of Shasta County is a 501(c)(3) California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation focused on growing, diversifying, and maintaining a balanced economy, leading to more economic stability and sustainability for our region in the primary industries and technology sectors.
Shasta EDC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services, and activities, or in employment.