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Amsterdam hires two county employees to help with grant

Amsterdam hires two county employees to help with grant

City to get $10 million from state for revitalization
Amsterdam hires two county employees to help with grant
The Amsterdam Pedestrian Bridge is pictured.
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AMSTERDAM -- Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa on Wednesday said the city is hiring two Montgomery County officials to fill newly created economic development positions to help administer its recent $10 million downtown revitalization grant.

 Villa said the city is hiring county Senior Planner Amanda Bearcroft to be the city's community and economic development director at a starting annual salary of $67,000. Bearcroft has been employed by the county as a senior planner since 2015 and was set to earn a salary of $62,838 this year. 

"She brings with her a wealth of experience, especially with [Geographic Information Systems] mapping, something we're going to need especially if we continue on this path that we're on," Villa said. 

GIS takes complex economic data and presents it visually in easy to understand maps and charts. 

The city has also hired the county's marketing coordinator Michele Pawlik to be the city's new tourism and recreation assistant, at an approximate pay of $38,000 a year. Villa said she will be taking a slight pay cut to work for the city, and will be increasing her work hours from 35 with the county to 40 with the city.

County officials said Bearcroft will not be working part time or as a consultant for the county after transitioning to the city.

"Our Montgomery County Business Development Center team is losing a hardworking employee, Amanda Bearcroft, but the city of Amsterdam is gaining a highly qualified individual," Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort said in a news release.

Villa said the two new positions will now be permanent jobs with the city.

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