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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2005

CONTACT: Gene Rogers, City Manager
951.413.3020

Economic Development Director Named

Moreno Valley City Manager Gene Rogers has announced that Barry Foster has accepted an offer to become the city’s new Economic Development Director. Foster will manage the city’s expanding Economic Development Department, which includes economic development, redevelopment and affordable housing programs.

Foster comes to Moreno Valley from the city of Rancho Mirage, where he has served as Economic Development Director for the past eight years. While in Rancho Mirage, Foster led that city’s redevelopment and economic development efforts, which resulted in a significant expansion of commercial development in the community, including “The River,” a unique 30-acre lifestyle center featuring high-end restaurants and shopping.

“It’s difficult to leave Rancho Mirage, but I’m very much looking forward to moving to Moreno Valley and the chance to work in a larger and more diverse city with so many economic development and redevelopment opportunities,” Foster said.

Rancho Mirage City Manager - and Foster’s former boss – Patrick Pratt, said Foster will be missed. “The success we all have had in Rancho Mirage during the last eight years involved many people, but certainly couldn’t have happened without Barry Foster leading the city’s economic development activities,” Pratt said.

Moreno Valley City Manager Gene Rogers said that Foster “has the vision, skills and experience to take the city’s economic development to new heights. His successes are many, and he is well known in the economic development world as being very effective – a person who gets things done. We’re glad he’s on our team,” Rogers said.

Foster has 20 years of local government experience. In addition to Rancho Mirage, he has also worked for the cities of Monrovia and Loma Linda. Prior to coming to California, Foster worked for the City of North Mankato, Minnesota while obtaining his bachelors degree from Minnesota State University. He also worked for the City of Lenexa, Kansas while earning his masters degree from the University of Kansas.

Foster lives in the City of Riverside. He begins his work in Moreno Valley the last week of September.