The Village of Oswego officially appointed a new economic development director at the Tuesday night board meeting
Vijay Gadde, who previously worked as a planning manager for the Village of Lake Zurich, will begin work Feb. 8 in Oswego at a salary of $93,000.
“We were very impressed with Vijay Gadde,” said Village administrator Steve Jones. “He has both retail and industry experience and demonstrated a connect to real estate and brokerage networks.”
Jones also drew parallels between Oswego and Lake Zurich and said Gadde saw many pockets for industrial growth in Oswego.
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Village president Brian LeClercq said he was impressed by a PowerPoint presentation Gadde gave during his interview. Gadde laid out an economic plan for the village in the presentation.
“He was interviewing for a position he may not get and he put forth a lot of substantial work,” said LeClercq.
The Village worked with the Oswego Chamber of Commerce during the hiring process.
“It was a collected spirited operation,” said LeClercq.
“Vijay was beyond our top pick,” said Chamber of Commerce president Steve Hatcher, who said he was pleased to participate in the interview process. “I think he’s done an excellent job and … represents the business community.”
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Trustee Gail Johnson said she was looking forward to Gadde pulling back in the business community.
Gadde replaces previous economic development director Tony Lucenko who left the village in October 2012.