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City of Hillsboro Selects Dan Dias to be Economic Development Department Director
The City of Hillsboro, Oregon has named Dan Dias to lead its Economic Development Department in supporting Hillsboro businesses’ ability to thrive and create quality jobs and economic opportunities for residents.
Dias will begin next week as Economic Development Department Director, succeeding Mark Clemons who retired in November after leading the department since 2012. Dias worked directly with Clemons while serving as the department’s Senior Development Manager.
Hillsboro City Manager Michael Brown credited Dias’ personal relationships, extensive knowledge and experience – including more than a decade of work with the City’s Economic Development and Planning departments – in preparing him to lead the department."
“Helping Hillsboro businesses prosper is critically important to the City of Hillsboro and the State of Oregon,” Brown said. “What happens here in Hillsboro significantly benefits the region and the nation as well. Dan has a deep understanding of what Hillsboro’s businesses need and how we, as a City working in collaboration with our partners, can best help employers navigate the planning and development processes to start or expand their business here.
“Dan has an exceptional ability to listen to numerous perspectives on very complex and challenging issues, and then reach a very amiable solution that creates positive outcomes,” Brown continued. “Under his leadership, Hillsboro’s Economic Development Department has a very bright future.”
A long-time Oregonian, Dias received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon in Business Administration and Political Science. After joining the City of Hillsboro in 2006, he worked in various leadership roles in the Economic Development and Planning departments. Dias’ portfolio of project leadership includes:
- Downtown Hillsboro’s Block 67 redevelopment
- North Hillsboro Industrial land site readiness and business recruitment
- Intel’s Ronler Acres campus expansion, including the D1X facilities
- First Tech Credit Union regional headquarters project
- Reser’s Fine Foods expansion
- Orenco Station Platform 14 project with Holland Development Group
- South Hillsboro development and master planning
- Numerous hotel and multi-family housing projects
“It’s an honor to help continue Hillsboro’s long history of success, innovation, and public benefit,” Dias said. “We will build on our existing relationships and strong connections with our partners in the community and region, and we will adapt to the future needs of our community and the needs of new types of industries and companies that our community desires.”
Known as a skilled facilitator for community engagement and inclusivity, Dias has been praised for recognizing who needs to be at the table during conversations that will help a project succeed from start to finish.
Leading the Economic Development Department’s team of six employees, Dias will oversee Hillsboro’s focused business development work to stimulate jobs and private investment; real estate development that supports community goals; and workforce development to meet company and community demands and needs. The department identifies three top goals:
- Strengthen Hillsboro’s traded sector economic base
- Create economic opportunity and enhance community development by supporting small business growth and development; workforce development for low-income populations; and the revitalization of Downtown Hillsboro
- Maintain effective and efficient department operations
“Hillsboro’s success is a product of many people and community partners,” Brown said. “It takes a large team working very effectively with our businesses to continue the economic prosperity that the people of Hillsboro have come to expect. We have a proud history of highly talented leaders like Mark Clemons and John Southgate, and that tradition will continue with Dan Dias.”