MODESTO — The Stanislaus Economic and Workforce Alliance has hired a senior vice president and director of economic development, Steven Ames. In this newly created position, Ames "will lead an aggressive economic development effort and will support CEO/President Bill Bassitt in the oversight of all alliance and ED programs," according to a news release.
"Stanislaus County offers huge opportunity for economic growth with its transportation and logistic amenities, significant agriculture and food-processing industries, varying communities and diverse work force," Ames said in the release.
He comes to the alliance with more than 20 years of experience in project management and economic development. Most recently, Ames was president and chief executive officer of Clinton Regional Development Corp., based in Clinton, Iowa, developing marketing programs geared toward businesses considering the area as a possible site for investment.
Ames has a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Ambrose University and master's degrees from the University of Iowa in economics and urban and regional planning. His first day will be Jan. 15.
The alliance provides free business and work force services in the county. The Stanislaus County Economic Development & Workforce Alliance hopes to raise $2 million with the help of its friends and fellow businesses.
The alliance, which provides free business and work force services in the county, is launching Momentum 2016 on Monday. Much of its funding comes from government, but it also conducts private fund-raising campaigns.