Urbana economic development manager stepping down
URBANA — Urbana's economic development manager, Tom Carrino, will step down in May to take a job as economic development director in Eustis, Fla.
"This move will allow Tom to be closer to his extended family," Urbana Community Development Director Libby Tyler said in a letter to city council members.
Carrino, who has been the city's economic development manager since 2006, was out of the office Tuesday and could not be reached for comment.
Among the projects he worked on, Tyler said, were the revitalization of Main Street, the reactivation of the Urbana Landmark Hotel, the development of Gateway Shoppes and Stone Creek Commons and land acquisition for development north of the Urbana City Building.
He also worked closely with Creative Thermal Solutions and Frasca International on expansion of those businesses, as well as the development of the Mervis Industries recycling center on U.S. 45.
Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing called Carrino "really conscientious, hard-working and easy to get along with — not a prickly person by any means."
"I'm sorry to lose him. His whole family was moving to Florida so they're all going to be there together," Prussing said.
She said it will likely take several months to find a replacement. His last day on the job will be May 23.
Before joining the city staff in Urbana, Carrino was the manager of economic development for Cocoa, Fla.
Jill Guth, a developer with JSM who worked with Carrino on several projects, including Gregory Place on campus, called his move "a great loss for the city of Urbana, but a big win for the city he's going to in Florida."
Craig Rost, who until recently handled economic development responsibilities for Champaign, said Carrino did an excellent job of communicating business interests to the city of Urbana, and Urbana's interests to the business community.
Carrino served as a liaison to the Urbana Business Association, developed incentive programs for entrepreneurs and helped coordinate developer roundtables, said Urbana Alderwoman Diane Marlin.
She said he is also preparing a bus tour to better acquaint real-estate agents with Urbana.
Another part of Carrino's legacy, Tyler said, is the growth of Urbana's public art program.
"It barely existed when he first started, and it has really grown under his supervision," she said. "He's done an awful lot. He's been very productive."