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Eudora Economic Development Director Collin Bielser has resigned his position in Eudora to take a job as Community Development Director in Baldwin City. Bielser’s last day will be Friday, February 15. In his new position, Bielser will be working closely with Baldwin City management in multiple areas such as Planning, Zoning, Economic Development and Human Resources. Bielser, who started with the city in April 2011, said he it was too good an offer to pass up.
“Professionally and personally this is a career advancing move for me and my family,” Bielser said. “It would have been hard to refuse this opportunity.”
Bielser wore many hats during his tenure with the City. Not only did he serve as Economic Development Director, he was instrumental in grant applications for various projects and helped as an assistant to the Chamber of Commerce. The latest project Bielser played a significant role in, was a grant awarded for a pedestrian trail that will go from the new South Ridge Park to the Eudora High School grounds. Bielser has also been working hard to submit a grant application for a pedestrian bridge to cross over K-10 just to the west of Church Street. Bielser said that application will be submitted prior to his last day and he may assist the City in some presentations associated with that application in the future.
So what, in his estimation, was his greatest achievement?
“Wow, that’s tough,” Bielser stated. “I think it is the fact that the Chamber (of Commerce) membership has doubled in the last two years and the e-communities loan program. That allows Eudora businesses access to a revolving loan fund so that they can continue to grow.”
Bielser is leaving the job at a time of great changeover in the city. Since late August, the City has now had five major department heads either retire or resign. This includes the Police and Fire Chiefs in 2012, Information Technology Director Aaron Evans, who left in January to become a full time firefighter in another jurisdiction in Kansas and the most prominent departure, City Manager John Harrenstein, who will leave March 1. We asked Bielser if the multiple changes in Eudora leadership led to his decision to move on.
“No, not at all,” Bielser said emphatically. “This opportunity presented itself unexpectedly and it was a very hard decision to make. I really liked working here and working with the people of Eudora.”
According to John Harrenstein, Bielser’s position will not be filled until after a new City Manager is chosen.
“I’m thankful to the City Council/Commission, the businesses and the citizens of Eudora,” Bielser said. “It has been such a great honor to be a part of a growing community.”