Promotes and develops the planning and growth of the County of Union, through the implementation and coordination of all economic development plans and programs including matters affecting workforce investment, community development, and quality of housing.
Develops strategic plans for the County, focusing on economic competitiveness and growth, transportation, land use and sustainability. Coordinates and aligns policies and initiatives across County departments and governmental agencies through outreach and shared services.
Works towards a balanced transportation system for Union County and seeks to meet the travel needs of people and goods through a coordinated intermodal transportation system; conducts its own studies and partners with other entities to investigate and address a range of transportation planning challenges.
Planning and Economic Development
Assures that Union County complies with all state planning statutes and regulations; maintains a central repository of all local Master plans and zoning ordinances; serves as a conduit between municipalities regarding planning information, municipal redevelopment efforts and Brownfield/Greyfield information.
Thomas E. Connell
Oversees the federally funded Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). CDBG funds are used for a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, social service programs and improvements to community facilities.
Increases access to decent housing and suitable living environments for low and very-low income families through federally funded programs such as the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), the HOME Program, and CDBG program.
Responsible for the County’s data center, wide-area high-speed network, and office technology. Plans, develops and manages software applications to improve workflow processes in County offices.
Antonio Rivera, M.S.W.
Directs training investments to create sustainable jobs, develops marketing strategies to promote business services, and designs competitive economic and workforce policies.