The City of Maricopa’s Development Services Department has a new title and new responsibilities.

The newly branded Economic and Community Development Department will add initiatives to improve the permitting process. One of these initiatives will be a project liaison program, in which a single staff manager will be assigned to all development projects. This person will serve as the overseer to coordinate staff processes, eliminating the need for applicants to go to multiple departments and speak with multiple staff regarding various aspects of their project.

“Our message to developers is ‘not only are we open for business, but there is no better community in Arizona for business,’” City Manager Rick Horst said.

Assistant to the City Manager Nathan Steele will step in as the new director of Economic and Community Development. He previously served in several communities in three different states, most recently as the planning manager for the Town of Yountville, California. Jennifer Bostian will become the Economic Development manager tasked with emphasizing place-making and product development via the Community Development Process.