TAA Hires George W. Bootes as Chief Economic Development Officer

Published on : Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tuscon AirportGeorge W. Bootes III (George) has joined the Tucson Airport Authority as the Chief Economic Development Officer. Among his responsibilities, Bootes will oversee infrastructure planning for TAA’s vacant land and promote airport development.

Bootes is an accomplished economic development professional with many years of experience. He credits his passion for economic development to early roles with the Office of Economic Planning and Development and its successor agency, the Arizona Department of Commerce.

Prior to moving back to Arizona for his new position, Bootes moved to Albuquerque to start an economic development program at an electric utility company, always maintaining complete authority over economic development. He also served as community development officer and senior executive assistant to the city manager for New Mexico’s third largest and fastest growing community. Rejoining the private sector, he was one of three founders and initial president of a real estate and land development firm.

He has been a Certified Economic Developer since 1993 and a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional since 1997. Bootes is a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and its Higher Education Advisory Committee. He is an active participant in the meetings of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute, National Association of Industrial and Office Parks and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

George earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The College at Brockport, State University of New York. His specialized economic development training includes completing the Basic Economic Development Course at the University of Arizona and the Economic Development Institute Program at the University of Oklahoma.

Source:- Tuscon Airport


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