After spending seven years improving Canby's economic development the city's Economic Development Director Renate Mengelberg has passed her work and title to Jamie Stickle, former Main Street Manager.
Mengelberg's last day was July 31, the same day the city planned a party to say good bye.
"I'm heading to a whole new chapter," said the quiet and seemingly shy director, who won praise from all the workers and chiefs that came to wish her well. She plans to travel with trips to Whistler and British Columbia as well as taking a month to visit Utah's parks. Mengelberg also plans to garden, especially with the gardening tools her staff gave her. There also will be time now for her to spend leisure time with friends and family, she said.
While she's been in Canby for seven years, Mengelberg formerly worked for Clackamas County for 24 years as its economic development coordinator.
In his good bye speech, City Manager Rick Robinson told Mengelberg that he really didn't want to be at the party because he didn't want to see her go.
"From my perspective you have been the most skilled, capable, development director I've ever worked with in my 30-year career. You've set a wonderful legacy for future generations. I'm happy for you, but sad for the city losing its artist of economic development."
Mayor Brian Hobson then presented Mengelberg with a glass statue that noted her "tremendous service, which left an incredible mark on our community.'
"It's such an honor to end my career in this wonderful town with my team. I'm confident that Jaime will do a good job. It's been an honor and a privilege to work with all of you. I'm excited, but sad," she told the crowd gathered to say good bye.
Stickle indicated that there are lots of projects underway in the pipeline. She plans to continue working with what is going on and with the city, the Chamber of Commerce and businesses. In October, she plans a special day busing students to businesses.
"The project has been underway for a few years and I plan to continue it," she told the Herald.
Later, Stickle plans to put her own positive spin on tourism. "We've completed the hotel study and we're going to do outreach for the potential for the future," she said.