Great choice

Great choice

There's new leadership for the Champaign County Economic Development Corp.

Timing, timing, timing — that's often a key to success.

So just as Craig Rost was preparing to step aside as a 30-plus-year city employee in Champaign, the county's Economic Development Corp. was looking for a new executive director. The result is that Rost, who retired last week as a deputy city manager, will take over May 1 as the new boss of the development corporation.

Corporation board chairwoman Lori Gold Patterson characterized Rost as an "exceptional hire," and it looks that way from here as well.

Given Rost's long background in the city, his familiarity with economic development issues and his past involvement with key players in the private sector, he appears to be an ideal choice.

That's not to say that success is guaranteed. The state of Illinois is in sorry shape, much worse off than neighboring states as it slogs its way through a glacial economic recovery. Champaign-Urbana can't escape the economic fallout from that sorry circumstance, but it can put its best foot forward in its dealings with the private sector.

Rost is very well situated to do just that. He should provide sound management and strong leadership to an organization that plays a key role in contributing to local economic development.

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