New Appointees in Economic Development & Community Affairs

On November 22, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson appointed Daniel Hunter deputy director of the Economic Development & Community Affairs Department. The announcement came a day after Patterson named Irene Spanos director of Economic Development & Community Affairs.

“Irene and Dan will make a great team to lead our initiatives that embrace the knowledge-based economy,” said Patterson. “They are seasoned professionals who know what Oakland County businesses need.”

Spanos, 40, has been an economic developer at Oakland County since November of 2004. Most recently, she was a senior business development representative leading the county’s Medical Main Street initiative to brand Oakland County as a destination for world-class health care and medical manufacturing. Prior to joining Oakland County, Spanos was a marketing/advertising/public relations supervisor at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for more than a decade.

Previously, Hunter was manager of the Planning & Economic Development Division for Oakland County, where he was worked since 1986. He began his career in 1981 as an economic developer for Steuben County, New York. The Philadelphia-native also has worked for the City of Reading, Pennsylvania. Hunter, 55, has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in geography with a minor in economics from West Virginia University.

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