GODFREY — The village of Godfrey Board of Trustees approved the hire of William Catalano for the position of economic development and market brand director. Catalano will report to work on Tuesday, May 26.
The board previously approved the creation of this position upon the completion of the Godfrey branding study. The study recommended that the village hire an economic development and market brand director to lead growth and development efforts for Godfrey. The director will attract new businesses, jobs and services while working closely with established Godfrey businesses offering support, networking and access to resources. Equally important, the director will fully implement the “Godfrey.... You can see your future from here” brand identifying Godfrey as a community full of advantages.
“This is an exciting time for the village,” Economic Development Committee Chairperson Tom Long said. “Primed for growth and development and armed with a brand that beautifully reflects the essence of Godfrey, the director has a big job ahead and we are eager to work with Mr. Catalano.”
With a bachelor’s of science in economics and political science and master’s of science in economics and finance, both from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Catalano brings a wealth of experience in municipal management and economic development. He first served as the director of economic development and tourism/zoning administrator for Pontoon Beach. That foundation provided William with the opportunity to advance into the role of city administrator for the village of LeRoy, Ill.
“To work for such a forward-looking community is a real honor,” Catalano said. “It is impressive to see and hear the efforts by so many within the village and community to preserve the community’s wonderful characteristics while fostering greater awareness and attracting new residents and growing businesses. I will assist in whatever way I can to help the village achieve its vision. After all, in Godfrey, you can see your future from here.”
After considering applications submitted by more than 30 candidates, Catalano’s knowledge of municipal government in addition to brand marketing made him a top candidate.
“In print, William’s qualifications were superior and there was no question we would pursue him further,” Riverbend Growth Association President Monica Bristow said. “After meeting him in person, it was evident he would be the right person for Godfrey.”
Trustee Mark Stewart, also on the Economic Development Committee, agrees William was an exceptional candidate.
“Meeting him in person and having the opportunity to ask him about his philosophy of growth as well as practical applications of brand direction, I was eager to recommend William to the board. We are very lucky to have attracted such a qualified candidate to Godfrey and I know he will bring great ideas to the table.”
Catalano and his family are outdoor enthusiasts. When he is not enjoying the outdoors, he spends much of his free time coaching youth sports. Catalano’s family has ties to Godfrey. His wife, an instructor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, was raised in Godfrey.
“William will join the village staff on May 26, and I couldn’t be more excited to have him join us,” Mayor Michael McCormick said. “As I frequently say, Godfrey is perfectly positioned to add commercial and residential developments. Such growth, while adding services to the region, also helps secure Godfrey’s financial future. William is perfectly fit to lead this charge.”