NEWTOWN — Christal Preszler recently accepted new responsibilities and the title of deputy director of planning for economic and community development.
She will maintain her existing role as grants coordinator as she assists Newtown in planning the future use of the Fairfield Hills campus, addressing brownfields sites in town and coordinating economic and community development efforts.
George Benson, head of the Planning Department, felt Ms. Preszler was worthy of the promotion.
She holds an MBA and has years of experience with consumer products firms, working closely with sales people and implementing marketing plans.
She said, “I have a strong understanding of business needs and, as grants coordinator for more than four years, good relationships with state officials and their processes. I’m also very familiar with our town regulations, processes and available properties.”
Ms. Preszler has been a resident of Newtown for almost 20 years. “I know many of the people who live and work here and, in my new role, will expand on those relationships.”
Looking forward to the work ahead of her, she commented, “We want the existing businesses to be healthy and grow and to attract new businesses while maintaining the character of the community.
“That’s definitely a challenge but it can be done with open communication between town departments, business owners, and the Economic and Community Development Commission.”
Her goal is to foster a business friendly environment.
Mr. Benson agreed, noting that the coordination of multiple efforts in one department, Land Use, has had benefits over the last few years and he would support more coordination and cooperation between town departments, residents and businesses.
He feels he can depend on Ms. Preszler. “Grants are technically challenging and Christal has done an excellent job of managing them for Newtown.
“I’ve seen her work well with [former economic and community development coordinators] Liz and Betsy and I think she’ll bring continuity to the job.”
He added, “I think we’re building a good team here, one that will carry us into the future and I look forward to the development to come.”