PLAINVILLE – Mark Devoe, director of planning and economic development, said in an email Thursday that he will be leaving his position Dec. 28.
“I need to announce that I have accepted a new position and my last day in Plainville will be Dec. 28,” Devoe said in the email.
Devoe declined to comment further when contacted Thursday, but confirmed that the statement was true.
Town Council Chair Kathy Pugliese said that Devoe had been “responsible for much of the recent development in town” and she said that she wishes him well.
“He has kept things moving in a very positive direction and he has brought businesses back to Plainville,” said Pugliese. “He has also helped business owners and developers, guiding them through the permitting process and helping them to get tax abatements. Mark has had a long history with the town and he has done remarkable things for our infrastructure. He took his job very seriously.”
Pugliese said that the Town Council will be speaking with Town Manager Robert E. Lee about beginning the search for Devoe’s replacement. She said that it is an important position to fill, which requires careful consideration.
Jeff Dicosimo, chair of the Plainville Chamber of Commerce, said that Devoe will be missed.
“He was fantastic to work with and easy to get along with,” he said. “Whenever we needed something he would do it for us. Mark worked hand in hand with the Chamber and him leaving will be a big loss for the town.”
Devoe was hired in Plainville in 2006. Aside from a brief period in Summer 2018, when he left to become Town Planner in Southington and then returned eight days later, Devoe has been at the helm of economic development in town for 12 years. He leaves behind a legacy of growth, reporting last October that the town had experienced one of its top three years.
“Plainville has seen approximately 75,000 square feet of new commercial facilities approved, some of which are under construction,” Devoe said at the time. “There is also a very good possibility of another 62,000 square feet of commercial facilities in the pipeline. In 2017, at least nine new establishments have relocated to existing space, many within our core downtown area.”
This year, Devoe attended ribbon cuttings for U-Haul at the former General Electric building at 10 New Britain Ave. June 13, and “The Light Hangar” at 1 Townline Road Oct. 25.
Devoe also saw the long-vacant building at 63 East Main St. filled Nov. 19 by Studio 466. The space had previously been occupied by The Law Firm of Segal and Laska, who moved to another location.
The town also saw the former “Chung Property” at 243 New Britain Ave., which had long stood vacant, rehabilitated into a new, 17,000 square foot Goodwill Center, which opened Nov. 9.
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