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City of Lake Elsinore appoints first director of economic development and legislative affairs

Gina Gonzalez has been appointed the first director of economic development and legislative affairs for the City of Lake Elsinore. Photo provided by the City of Lake Elsinore.

The City of Lake Elsinore recently appointed Gina Gonzalez as its first director of economic development and legislative affairs.

Gonzalez has nearly two decades of professional experience in economic and community development, as well as legislative matters,

Previously, Gonzalez served as the director of economic development for the City of Menifee during its high-impact growth years. In her new capacity with the City of Lake Elsinore, Gonzalez will not only oversee economic development initiatives but will also play a pivotal role in legislative matters.

“I am deeply impressed with Gonzalez’s professional experience and accomplishments leading economic development activities in our region, and guided strategic, equitable, and vital development initiatives that will benefit the Lake Elsinore community, businesses, and the Southwest Riverside County region,” City Manager Jason Simpson said. “I look forward to her leadership and all that she brings as the director here in Lake Elsinore.”

Gonzalez’s extensive career spans various sectors, including community development, real estate development, business attraction, expansion, retention, and marketing. She has been integral in initiatives and programs, contributing to high-profile projects and providing leadership, vision, and strategic direction at the state, county, and city levels.

“The City of Lake Elsinore has been making strides toward attracting quality businesses to serve our residents for
decades,” Mayor Steve Manos said. “We welcome Gina Gonzalez as a respected leader in her field and look forward to supporting her efforts to bring world-class shopping and dining opportunities to Lake Elsinore.”

Gonzalez said she is honored and excited to accept the city’s first director of economic development and legislative affairs position with the City of Lake Elsinore.

“This is truly a testament of Lake Elsinore’s city council and leadership’s vision and aspirations for the Lake Elsinore community by making Economic Development a main focus for the city,” Gonzalez said. “I have already hit the ground running, and look forward to working alongside our dedicated city council, executive team, and staff in both the private and public sectors, working on job creation, retail, restaurants, and action spots, and to continue to create exciting opportunities for workers, investors, and entrepreneurs as we build on the growth and vibrancy of this world-class city for all.”

Gonzalez holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of California, Davis. In addition, Gonzalez is the sole certified economic developer on staff among Southwest Riverside County cities running economic development strategies and initiatives and one of only about 200 in California with a state certification in economic development.

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