Bob DeAngeles of Dalton is the new director of the Coös Economic Development Corp. (CEDC), the Regional Development Corporation of Coös County. Photo by Edith Tucker. (click for larger version)
May 28, 2014WHITEFIELD — Robert "Bob" DeAngelis was recently hired by the board of directors of the Coös Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) as its new Executive Director, starting May 12.
"Since the last time this position was filled, the Board of Directors of the CEDC itself has been outstanding stewards of the organization," DeAngelis explained in a May 19 interview off the Eisenhower Library at the Mountain View Grand Hotel. "As a result, the CEDC is in an excellent position — both operationally and financially — to assist Coös County in revitalizing its economy.
DeAngelis, said he would like to build the CEDC's reputation through transparency and measurable results, including specific benchmarks and milestones, and not merely to be known as someone who faithfully attends meetings.
"I've already begun the process of reaching out to community leaders and business owners, as well as the county commissioners, other elected officials, and those who represent our Congressional delegation here on the ground, along with school administrators and CTE directors," he said. "I plan to focus on four areas: to help existing businesses to survive, prosper and expand; to attract new businesses that will offer good jobs; to doing whatever we can to ensure that Coös residents have the needed skills to fill the jobs that now exist or will be created; and to apply for grants and loans to make increase access to capital resources for Coös businesses and to increase marketing dollars to Chambers of Commerce or other entities trying to draw tourists to the region."
The CEDC's revolving loan fund can be used to help businesses with "bankable projects" to secure commercial loans from area banks, such as First Colebrook and the Passumpsic Savings, DeAngelis explained.
DeAngelis, his wife Lisa and their family moved to Dalton a couple of years ago to enjoy Coös' wide range of recreational amenities and strong family-oriented lifestyle. Thanks to high-speed Internet access, he was able to continue working remotely at his out-of-state job. Their daughter, Josephine, is a third-grade student at the Lancaster School, and their son is majoring in ski resort management at Lyndon State College.
DeAngelis spent the majority of his career at Arrow Electronics, a $25 billion global electronics distribution company serving the hi-tech manufacturing community. Starting at one of the bottom rungs, DeAngelis worked his way up to roles with increasing responsibility: General Manager of its Rochester, N.Y. operation; General Manager of its Toronto operation; Director of Sales for Canada and the Northeast U.S. and Director of Customer Relationship Management for North America. He pointed out with justifiable pride that in 2006 he had earned a Lean Sigma Black Belt for process design and discipline.
DeAngelis has deep roots in New England, especially in New Hampshire. Originally from the Boston area, he worked at a small business in Dover, both while attending Somersworth High School and Plymouth State University wherein 1985 he earned a B.S. in Business Administration. He said, "I visited Coös County many times over the years and fished in the Androscoggin Valley, camped at Lake Francis, skied at Bretton Woods, snowmobiled in Pittsburg and hiked up North Percy near Groveton."
DeAngelis will continue to work out of his home office (firstname.lastname@example.org), and to use P. O. Box 205, Lancaster, 03584 for mail. He can meet people at the DRED office at The Rocks in Bethlehem, use a meeting room at First Colebrook and space at White Mountains Community College in Berlin and, of course, use his laptop and a cell phone.