Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Marcus Clarke - New Economic Development Director

San Mateo's new Economic Development Director is a familiar face. Welcome back from Motown Marcus Clarke!

Attached below is a press release from the City of San Mateo:



Contact: Susan M. Loftus, City Manager, City of San Mateo – (650) 522-7000 –

Marcus Clarke Returns to City of San Mateo

As City’s New Economic Development Manager
San Mateo, CA, May, 2013… The City of San Mateo is pleased to announce that Marcus Lee Clarke, San Mateo’s former Business Liaison and Economic Development Specialist, will return as San Mateo’s new Economic Development Manager.

Clarke is a visionary economic development leader bringing a spirit of collaboration and focus on results to San Mateo’s economic development program. Clarke previously served in the City’s Economic Development Department from 2007 to 2011. During his tenure, Clarke created strong relationships throughout the community while leading the City’s business attraction, retention and expansion efforts and working closely with the Downtown San Mateo Association, Chamber of Commerce and other business groups.
Some of his previous successes in San Mateo include assisting hundreds of new and existing businesses, building an energetic buzz about doing business in San Mateo, preserving the 25th Avenue Farmer’s Market and initiating the need for faster internet service throughout the downtown.

Clarke left San Mateo in 2011 to further expand his economic development skill base as an esteemed Detroit Revitalization Fellow, serving as a Business Development Manager for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. During his time in Detroit he created a city-wide business-to-business program, entitled "D2D." It has the potential to create 7,700 jobs and generate $2.5B in local business revenue over the next ten years. The program launched in March 2013 and has already generated national attention.

Clarke holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from University of California, Berkeley. He is a Bay Area native and has worked with community and economic development non-profits in Oakland, San Francisco and the Central Valley. He is a published author, researcher and former Hillsdale High School Track Coach.
"I am honored to serve the City of San Mateo in the capacity of Economic Development Manager and for the opportunity to work with City Council, City staff and the local business
community," says Clarke, "I intend to continue a strong legacy of the City’s economic development efforts in order for San Mateo to reach its full potential."

"We are excited to welcome Marcus Clarke back to San Mateo," says Susan Loftus, San Mateo City Manager, "Marcus has a proven track record of collaboration and working well with the Chamber, Downtown San Mateo Association and business community. Marcus’ upbeat, "can do" attitude is contagious. Along with his great people skills, his time in Detroit has further honed his economic development and management abilities. Marcus has the right combination of collaboration, innovation and leadership to take our Economic Development efforts to the next level."

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