NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency has hired a new executive director.
Brian Bidolli is coming to Norwalk “with 12 years’ experience in economic development and redevelopment as well as in planning and public/private partnerships. He most recently served as the Managing Director for lnsite Analytics, a business strategy consulting firm with clients in real estate, urban planning and economic development. Mr. Bidolli also served as the Executive Director for the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments from 2010- 2017, making him very familiar with state and federal granting processes as well as with municipalities throughout the state of Connecticut,” a press release said.
Bidolli was hired at the Nov. 12 Redevelopment Agency meeting after being unanimously chosen by an executive search committee, the press release said. He was one of 35 applicants attracted by the executive recruiting firm GovHR USA through a nationwide search.
Bidolli begins work Dec. 9, replacing former Executive Director Tim Sheehan. Director of Community Development Planning Tami Strauss has served as interim executive director since Sheehan departed in June.
Bidolli is co-founder and CEO of InSite Analytics, the company’s webpage says, commenting, “Through his work with elected officials, Brian has led numerous public policy initiatives, both domestic and international, with a focus on the integration of data and technology into government and business processes.”
It continues, “Through his expertise in organizational change management and strategic planning, Brian was able to increase discretionary grant revenues and program productivity by over 200% within his first three years of service as Executive Director of METROCOG. He led the creation of a regional geographic information system, brownfields partnership, and generated a five-fold increase in transportation infrastructure investment in the Greater Bridgeport Region.”
“We believe Mr. Bidolli’s knowledge of economic development and redevelopment from both the public and private sides of the table will be a tremendous asset to the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and City of Norwalk. He also has extensive knowledge of Connecticut and will be able to hit the ground running. His strong interpersonal and analytical skills make him an excellent choice for the Executive Director position,” Redevelopment Agency Chairman Felix Serrano is quoted as saying in the press release.
“Brian is a graduate of City University of New York, and holds Masters Degrees in City Planning from San Diego State University, and Public Administration from California State University. He is currently pursuing a dual Global Executive Masters of Business Administration at Georgetown University, and ESADE Business School in Spain.
“In a previous life Brian was a jazz composition major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He is a guitarist, urban explorer, and self-proclaimed data junkie.”
Bidolli’s LinkedIn page states that he’s also been a lecture and program manager in real estate finance and development for the University of Arizona since June 2017.
He is quoted in the release as saying, “I am very honored and excited to be the next Executive Director for the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency. I enthusiastically look forward to working with the community on the exciting projects underway.”