The announced the hiring of Michael Hurlbert, AICP, as its new Economic Development Director.
Hurlbert joins O’Fallon from the firm of Peckham, Guyton, Albers & Viets, Inc. (PGAV), where he served as Senior Project Manager since September 2008. Previously, he served as the City Planner and Economic Development Administrator for the City of Creve Coeur, from 2004-2008, and as a Project Planner for the City of Chesterfield, from 2000-2004. He also has held other private sector positions in real estate.
Hurlbert brings nearly 20 years of experience in economic development, real estate, planning and project management to O’Fallon. Most recently, while at PGAV, he served as one of the project managers for the DREAM Initiative, which assists communities with identifying economic development opportunities in downtown regions and directing the process of strategic revitalization.
He has served as the lead project manager for nine Missouri DREAM Initiative communities and as the assistant project manager for seven more. He has extensive experience in economic development financing for new development and in business retention programs.
“We are extremely fortunate to bring Mike to O’Fallon,” said O’Fallon City Administrator Keith Riesberg in a news release. “With his extensive experience in not only economic development, but also in real estate and planning, he will be a real asset to our City and our business owners.”
“To have an opportunity to represent the City of O’Fallon is a tremendous honor,” said Mike Hurlbert in a news release. “On a personal level, I really feel like this position is bringing my career full circle. My family moved to St. Charles County many years ago so my father could work in O’Fallon. Later, I started my career working on projects in and around the City. I have seen this area grow from a small community of about 15,000 people to one of ‘America’s Best Places to Live’ and one of the largest cities in the State of Missouri. I am also excited to work with the City staff, the elected officials, the Chamber of Commerce and the vibrant business community to continue to expand and support O’Fallon’s great quality of life.”
Hurlbert holds a Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. He is AICP certified and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association (APA) and the APA’s Economic Development Division.
Information provided by the City of O'Fallon.