December 17 2019

Burlington Hires First Economic Development Director

By: Rich Hosford


Burlington has its first Economic Development Director. 


On Monday night, Town Administrator Paul Sagarino announced that the search committee that has been created to fill the newly-created position had finished its interviews and selected a candidate. The new town hire is Melisa Tintocalis, who is currently the Economic Development Director in Lexington. 


“Melisa comes to us with a wealth of experience in the field of economic development,” Sagarino said. “Since 2012, Melisa has served as the Economic Development Director for the Town of Lexington where she has worked on numerous projects that benefited their Town Center as well as a major initiative to reinvent Lexington’s Hartwell Avenue commercial district.” 


Prior to taking the position in Lexington, Tintocalis worked as an Economic Development planner for the City of Somerville.  


She is originally from California and holds a Master of Planning from the University of Michigan.  


“I know that the search committee was very impressed with her credentials and I have to say she has an infectious energy and excitement toward economic development here in Town,” Sagarino said. 


Members of the board were happy to welcome her to town. 


“It was a pleasure getting to know you during the interview process and seeing what you accomplished in Lexington,” Selectman Nick Priest, who was on the search committee, said. “I am thrilled you are here. We have been saying for many years that though Burlington has had a strong stance the communities around us have been upping their game and we don’t want to find ourselves in a situation holding an empty bag. Hopefully this will lead to nothing but continued prosperity.” 


“We are very excited to have you on board,” Selectman Mike Runyan said. “I’m just thrilled that we finally got to this day and we look forward to working with you.” 


Tintocalis said she was happy to be brought on board. 


“Thank you to the entire board of selectmen and the town of Burlington,” she said. “I’m excited to be here and looking forward to working for the residents and support an eclectic and strong commercial environment that supports the entire community.” 


Tintocalis is set to start working at Town Hall on January 6, 2020. 


As reported on BNEWS, the Economic Development Director position was approved by Town Meeting in May of this year. The article was put on the warrant by the Board of Selectmen at the request of Sagarino. He said in a presentation that the town’s Comprehensive Master Plan states that in order to remain a vibrant commercial hub it will need to prioritize economic development initiatives and that an Economic Development Director would help meet these goals.


Read more about the reasoning behind the position here.


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