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Chatham-Kent Economic Development Hires New Manager

Stuart McFadden, Director of Chatham-Kent Economic Development, today announced the appointment of Jamie Rainbird as the new Manager of Economic Development Services.  

“Jamie comes to our department as a highly qualified manager and past business owner with excellent connections to the community,” said McFadden. “He understands the importance of focusing on ensuring that our local industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, commercial development, and also the small business community, have the backing of Economic Development and are supported.”

Rainbird has an extensive career that includes managing a team who provided capital to both start up and growth stage businesses with the goal of fostering new business ideas and maximizing their growth potential. In addition, Rainbird has worked in the fields of energy, banking, mining, and has previous experience working at the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

“It is a privilege and honour to have been selected to be a part of the Economic Development team,” said Rainbird. “I want to hit the ground running by working closely with business leaders across Chatham-Kent and also take the opportunity to reach out to the next generation of leaders by focusing on the youth in our community.”

As a Manager in Economic Development, Rainbird will help the team work towards achieving the department goals of business attraction, business retention and development, and small business support. He will also undertake special projects, contract negotiations, and prospect lead development.

“This is not a 9 to 5 job because business owners are always on the clock,” said McFadden. “I know that Jamie has incredible passion for all of Chatham-Kent and will bring a new level of drive to the role along with improved accountability to the community.”

“My experience creating and maintaining partnerships with government, industry associations, academia, and technology companies will be important when it comes to helping Chatham-Kent continue to foster and grow,” said Rainbird. “2019 is looking to be an exciting year and I’m eager to get things started.”

For more information about Chatham-Kent Economic Development, please visit their website at  

Media Contact:

Andrew Tompsett
Marketing and Communications Officer, Economic Development Services
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Phone: 519-352-8401 x2039
Fax: 519-436-3237