First Selectman Tim Herbst announced Monday that Rina Bakalar would be appointed Trumbull\u2019s Economic and Community Development Director. \u00a0 Bakalar comes to Trumbull after a distinguished 25 year career in economic and community development, workforce development, government administration, grants and public policy. \u00a0 The first selectman said that for these reasons, Bakalar was suited to take the helm of the department. \u00a0 In addition to serving as the town\u2019s chief economic development officer, Bakalar will oversee all permitting departments that include the Fire Marshal\u2019s office as well as the planning and zoning, building and health departments. \u00a0 \u201cRina has a long track record of positive results,\u201d Herbst said. \u201cShe has an expertise in accessing grants and funding to support projects in communities. \u201cShe has a tremendous work ethic and exudes positive energy, coupled with a clear vision,\u201d the first selectman added. \u201cShe knows how to make things happen and gets things done. This can do attitude, coupled with Rina\u2019s diverse background and proven track record make her the ideal choice to lead us forward.\u201d \u00a0 In her introductory message to the town, Bakalar acknowledged that Trumbull is \u201ca well-run town with tremendous potential.\u201d \u201cI look forward to working with developers, businesses, residents and elected officials to model how communities can balance quality of life with smart development in order to be vibrant, relevant and attractive for the future,\u201d she added. \u201cI look forward to working with First Selectman Herbst and his administration in continuing to grow Trumbull\u2019s economic base and Grand List. \u00a0\u201cThe growth that Trumbull has experienced these last six years has been nothing short of incredible and it is critical that we keep growing Trumbull\u2019s economy and creating jobs,\u201d Bakalar added. \u201cThis improves Trumbull\u2019s quality of life and continues to maintain its status as a community of choice here in Connecticut.\u201d In the mid 1990\u2019s, Bakalar founded Career Resources, Inc., a premier workforce development organization in the region. \u00a0 Thereafter, she was the Director of Central Grants for the City of Bridgeport, where she also served as the Park City\u2019s federal liaison. \u00a0 Bakalar also worked statewide for the Community Economic Development Fund supporting small business growth and has held several high profile positions, having previously served as executive director of Connecticut\u2019s Office of Workforce Competitiveness. \u00a0 Previously, Bakalar was District Director for United States Congressman Christopher Shays. \u00a0Bakalar recently served as the economic development transition team co-chair for Mayor Joseph P. Ganim in Bridgeport. Bakalar resides in Shelton and has one daughter Johnna, who is attending the University of Miami.