Rochester appoints new director of community development


Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – After a nationwide search, the City of Rochester has announced its new Director of Community Development.

Irene C. Woodward will take over the role previously held by Cindy Steinhauser, who is now one of the city’s two deputy administrators. Woodward, who most recently worked as director of planning and zoning for the city of Allentown, Pennsylvania, will join the city of Rochester as director of community development on July 18.

Irene C. Woodward – Photo of the City of Rochester

Irene C. Woodward – Photo of the City of Rochester

Woodward has more than 15 years of experience as an urban planning professional and specializes in affordable housing, grant writing, management and strategic planning, according to a city press release.

“The City of Rochester is delighted to welcome Ms. Woodward to the organization. A lot of meaningful work has been done since the Community Development department was established in 2018. The department is blessed with a great team and Ms. Woodward is ready to continue to build on a solid foundation,” the assistant administrator said. of the city, Cindy Steinhauser. “His vast experience and expertise will serve our community and our organization well.”

The city said the director of community development plays a critical role in positively influencing the future direction of Rochester while working with public works and city government to achieve the vision “to be recognized as the service team most innovative development company in America”.

The Director is also responsible for the development, leadership and ongoing direction of the Community Development Department, which encompasses heritage preservation and urban design; land use planning policies and regulations; effective treatment; development agreement; distribution of federal block grants and issuance of development permits; and compliance with housing and construction standards, verification of plans, inspection and risk correction.

“Planning impacts a community in many ways, from story and design to funding and implementation,” Woodward said. “I can already feel the solid foundations of the city and I’m excited to build on that. I am delighted to join this team.

Woodward holds a master’s degree in urban planning with a concentration in community and economic development from the University of Pennsylvania and AICP certification from the American Institute of City Planners.

The city said there will be opportunities for members from the community, commercial and industrial sectors to meet with Woodward in the future.

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