An economic development consultant who formerly served as a housing specialist for the City of Buffalo was appointed Monday as director of development for the City of Lackawanna.
Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski named Fred K. Heinle to the post, which pays $48,500 and has been vacant since the December departure of Ralph D. Miranda.
Heinle most recently was assisting the Town of Alden as a consultant and served as the director of the Alden Economic Development Committee.
From 2003 to 2008, he was assistant vice president for the Community Preservation Corp., a statewide firm that helped develop financing for mixed-use and multi-family development projects throughout Buffalo and Western New York.
“He has a quiet confidence that he knows how to get the job done,” said Szymanski. “What I’m looking for is somebody who can bring quality development to this city, somebody who can bring in jobs and taxes. I would like to see him aggressively pursue businesses and bring them all in.”
Heinle participated for the first time as development director at Monday’s City Council meeting, telling Council members his “background has been in real estate and economic development for the past 30 years.”
Heinle said he oversaw a $50 million portfolio of economic development in his job with Community Preservation Corp.
From 2001 to 2003, he served in Mayor Anthony Masiello’s administration as director of residential development services in the Office of Strategic Planning for the City of Buffalo.
Prior to that, he was a real estate specialist in the city’s Department of Community Development.
Lackawanna has had a stagnant tax base for years and has seen little success in luring profitable companies to call the city home.
Heinle said he plans to do his best to change that, and he doesn’t think the city should have to offer huge tax breaks to make it happen.
“Let the state give them the incentives, not the local communities,” he said.
In an interview, Heinle said Lackawanna should be able to better capitalize on its waterfront.
“Locationally, we’re on the waterfront. The City of Buffalo is pushing its waterfront, and we are immediately adjacent to it, and we should be promoting the benefits of that as well,” he said.