The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - — Aldo Svaldi, The Den­ver Post

●●● Mayor Michael Han­cock has tapped Eric Hiraga, Den­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s chief of staff, to head the Of­fice of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment. Hiraga re­places Paul Wash­ing­ton, who left in March to work as Rocky Moun­tain re­gion di­rec­tor for the Chicago-based com­mer­cial real es­tate firm JLL.

“(Hiraga) has done an out­stand­ing job at the air­port se­cur­ing new in­ter­na­tional flights and en­hanc­ing Colorado’s largest eco­nomic en­gine,” Han­cock said in a state­ment.

Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ef­forts in Den­ver have fo­cused on job cre­ation, busi­ness as­sis­tance, af­ford­able hous­ing, neigh­bor­hood re­de­vel­op­ment and worker train­ing. Among the tasks Han­cock is as­sign­ing Hiraga, who starts Sept. 5 as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, is ex­pand­ing in­ter­na­tional trade and at­tract­ing more for­eign in­vest­ment.

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