Economic expert brings an impressive ability to generate jobs and economic activity.
Mayor Biskupski announced on May 11 her decision to appoint Lara L. Fritts, CEcD to lead the city’s economic development efforts.
Lara has been involved in economic development work since 1998 in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
“Lara’s wealth of economic and development knowledge, coupled with her experience working within diverse and complex organizations makes her the absolute best choice to revitalize [our] economic development efforts,” the Mayor said.
More than 150 candidates responded to the Mayor’s nationwide economic development job search, launched February 11.
She has served as Executive Director of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation, Director of Economic Development for the city of Cudahy, Wisconsin, and the CEO of the Washington DC Technology Council.
“Salt Lake City is a global brand with unique opportunities,” Lara said. “I am excited at the prospect of coming to Salt Lake City and working to help strengthen the economic picture of this incredibly unique and vibrant place.”
Like all cabinet-level positions, Lara’s appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the City Council.
“We are anxious and excited to get Lara here and busy aligning our many economic development opportunities,” the Mayor said.
Lara and her husband Mike have a “65-pound lap dog” named Harold. She is a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and a rabid Packers fan. To which Mayor Biskupski, a rabid Minnesota Vikings fan responded: “I’ll try not to hold her status as a Cheesehead against her.”
To read the full news release regarding Lara’s appointment, please click here.
To read Lara’s full résumé, please download here: Lara L Fritts Résumé
What Lara’s previous supervisors and colleagues say about her:
“Lara came to Annapolis from the Milwaukee area. I see a parallel with the Salt Lake City situation. Lara had a challenge to meet not only our economic development goals, but to navigate a new city and culture. She did not know all the players but she quickly was able to reach out to key business and community leaders, build coalitions, and move economic development forward very effectively.” – Joshua Cohen, former Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland
“While a member of the Washington DC Technology Council, I had the pleasure of working with Lara on the Membership Committee of the Council. I found her ability to value the opinions of others, engage them as part of the organization, and collaborate with stakeholders in the District to promote the technology industry remarkable. Specifically, her ability to bring to the members opportunities to do business with international companies, District and Federal governments was of great value to the membership.” — John Fineran, President & CEO, FinTel Communications
“Lara started our city’s non-profit Economic Development Corporation and was extremely successful. She seemed to get things done before you even asked her. She also did a great deal of mentoring. She was active in Junior Achievement and in other community organizations where she shared her skills and knowledge.” – Rose Krasnow, former Mayor of Rockville, Maryland