The city has tapped a former analyst with the Federal Reserve to serve as its first economic development coordinator and planner.
Roger Zalneraitis was introduced by City Manager David Corliss late Wednesday afternoon. The new position will analyze financial proposals by developers, will aide the commission in determining whether particular pieces of property are suitable for industrial development, and will study economic trends and issues for the community.
Corliss said the new position will not assume any of the economic development marketing responsibilities currently done by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Zalneraitis previously worked for the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Mo., and also has served as a private sector business consultant in the areas of energy and economic development.
Zalneraitis begins work with the city immediately.