After six months in office, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has finally appointed an economic development director: Mark Huang, a San Francisco energy developer who also has a military background and worked for General Electric and was involved with start-up firms in sustainability-related sectors.
``I am pleased to welcome Mark to Providence and excited to work with him to craft new economic development opportunities,’’ said Elorza in a statement.
Huang takes over a post that has been vacant since Jim Bennett, who served as economic development director under former mayor Angel Taveras, left in January.
Huang holds a undergraduate degree in engineering from Webb Institute of Naval Engineering. He earned an MBA from Columbia University. He served in the US Army Reserves from 1991 to 2004 and graduated from Officer Candidate School in1992 and the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Office School in 1994.
Huang is scheduled to meet with Providence business leaders and meet members of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce over the next few days. He is also slated to tour Providence Port on a boat tour.