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County Hires New Community Development Director

October 1st, 2019 Comments off

Potter County Commissioners have hired Ellen Russell as community development director. She succeeds Jennifer Rossman, who resigned in July to accept a position with Visit Potter/Tioga. Russell is the daughter of Steve and Nila Gerner of Coudersport and is married to Garrett Russell, a physician assistant at UPMC Cole. She holds a masters of business administration degree from Clarion University and was most recently employed as an office manager at UPMC Cole.

Russell will be responsible for administering the county’s annual federal Community Development Block Grant and supporting community initiatives across the county that are geared toward economic development, job creation, strengthening of aesthetic and cultural resources, population retention and other priorities in the county’s Comprehensive Plan. She’ll report directly to the county commissioners and work closely with the planning department as well as borough and township governments and community leaders. Russell said she is looking forward to developing countywide and regional partnerships to achieve her office’s goals. She can be reached at 814-274-8290, extension 209, or at erussell@pottercountypa.net.