People on the move

The latest comings and goings in regional economic development


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REACH is growing and we’re adding a Project Manager/Economic Development Manager and an Investor Engagement Manager. If you or someone you know has a passion for making a difference, REACH out — we’d love to hear from you!


Bon voyage to SLO airport director

Departing SLO Airport Director Kevin Bumen

A bittersweet farewell to Kevin Bumen, who oversaw significant growth at the SLO airport, transforming it into a major regional asset. After seven years, the Cal Poly grad is moving on to become the first chief commercial officer for San Francisco International Airport. Under his leadership, the new $40 million terminal was completed, new routes and airlines began service, passengers doubled and a study detailing the airport’s $85 million annual contribution to the regional economy was completed.


Arroyo Grande welcomes familiar face as city manager

New Arroyo Grande City Manager Whitney McDonaldArroyo Grande has tapped Whitney McDonald to take over as city manager. McDonald has been serving as deputy acting city manager since May when former City Manager Jim Bergman resigned unexpectedly. She started with the city as community development director in February, after serving in legal counsel roles for the Nipomo CSD, the city of SLO and SLO County.



Comings and goings at the Atascadero Chamber

Interim Atascadero Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Josh CrossJosh Cross will serve as interim president and CEO of the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce following Emily Reneau’s departure to the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, where she previously worked. A-Town native and Cal Poly grad Cross comes to Atascadero from the Paso Robles Chamber, where he was director of economic development.



Paso Robles brings on economic development manager

Paso Robles Economic Development Manager Paul SloanAfter leading economic development under the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, Paul Sloan will now fulfill those duties directly for the City of Paso Robles. The city had previously contracted with the chamber for economic development activities. A Paso native, Sloan’s previous work experience includes managing sales and marketing for Visit SLO CAL.


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