Evans hires Mehle as economic-development manager

EVANS — Paula Mehle has been hired as the city of Evans’ economic-development manager, replacing Sheryl Trent who left the job in July.

Paula Mehle

Mehle has been the town of Erie’s economic-development coordinator since 2012, where she was responsible for the town’s economic-development strategy.

Mehle’s work in Evans will begin Aug. 31, drawing an annual salary of $103,500. The job will include collaborating with the Evans Economic Development Advisory Council, a city advisory group made up of residents and business owners.

“Paula brings important experience in both attracting new business and supporting local business communities,” said Jim Becklenberg, Evans’ city manager. “Her passion for economic development, along with her energy and enthusiasm will help take Evans’ game to the next level.”

Mehle participates in several international and national organizations that focus on  economic development, redevelopment and marketing. In 2000, she joined the International Council of Shopping Centers. In addition, she is a member of the International Economic Development Council, Economic Development Council of

Colorado, American Planning Association and the International City/County Managers Association.

Fred Diehl, assistant to the town administrator in Erie, said the town is advertising for an economic-development manager and is accepting applications through Aug. 21.