SANTA ANA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--RSG Inc., the creatively charged counterpart to California public agencies, today outlined a series of leadership changes designed to evolve the firm and help California public agencies create better communities and bolder futures following the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.
“Kathy literally helped shape the California map, and it is with deep gratitude that we announce her retirement”
After co-founding RSG more than 33 years ago, Kathleen Rosenow is retiring as managing principal and president. She will retain her shareholder position and serve as the chief financial officer on the RSG board of directors.
Shareholder and principal Jim Simon now will serve as RSG’s president and guide the public agency consulting firm into a new era of raising the physical, economic, and social capital of California communities through its customized suite of real estate, economic development, fiscal health, and housing initiatives. Simon joined RSG in 1991 and served as a principal and shareholder since 2001.
“Kathy literally helped shape the California map, and it is with deep gratitude that we announce her retirement,” Simon said. “Her name has been synonymous with community and economic development in this state. Over her pivotal 36-year career, Kathy directed the creation or amendment of more than 75 redevelopment project areas throughout California and provided fiscal consulting services in support of more $1 billion of tax increment bonds. These projects and bonds allowed communities to bring in new businesses and jobs, develop affordable housing for families and facilitate the construction of much-needed public improvements and facilities.”
“When I entered this profession, I was guided by the desire to improve communities, create jobs, promote better and smarter infill development, and make municipal government fiscally viable,” Rosenow said. “I am thankful I was able to accomplish that and work with brilliant and passionate people. I know the new leaders of RSG will continue my work with an invigorated commitment to community development and the people who create vibrant places in California.”
Government leaders across California also recognize Rosenow for her contributions to the state.
“For more than 33 years, Kathy not only guided RSG’s success but also was a dedicated and sage redevelopment advisor to dozens of communities in the state,” said John Shirey, city manager, City of Sacramento. “She was a greatly respected advisor to the board of directors of the California Redevelopment Association and to me while I was the executive director. Today, thousands of Californians live in better communities, due in part to Kathy’s contributions to her clients.”
Two Shareholders Promoted to Principals
In addition, senior associates Hitta Mosesman and Alexa Smittle have been promoted to principals. They also became shareholders of the firm in late 2012. Both have a long and tenured history with RSG, welcome the leadership roles and share the common goal of working to help communities succeed. Felise Acosta, who joined RSG in 1987 and became a shareholder and principal in 1991, will remain in her current role and continue to lead the firm along with Mosesman, Simon and Smittle in their new capacities.
Mosesman began her career at RSG in 1989, and her breadth of experience affords her a unique perspective on guiding and directing public agencies through new and existing financing and community development options — at a time when an unprecedented few options remain for communities.
“Hitta’s mission to enhance the fiscal health of communities through detailed analysis and identify public financing initiatives best suited to meet the needs of each individual community makes her an ideal leader here at RSG,” Simon said. “Her attention to detail, collaborative style, emphasis on customer service and ability to truly understand the issues communities face now are valued by our clients and enable RSG to find exciting solutions to today’s challenges.”
Since 2005, Smittle has guided RSG clients to explore new policies and initiatives to promote and maximize economic development efforts. She has directed a broad spectrum of products for RSG clients that range from long-term strategies to neighborhood-specific market studies.
“Alexa has a great ability to crunch complex data to identify beneficial economic development solutions,” Simon said. “She translates analyses to staff and stakeholders in a clear and straight-forward manner that highlights the most-important results. Alexa represents the future of public agency consulting, with her commonsense approach to economic development challenges.”
All leadership changes are effective immediately.
RSG Reveals New Brand at League of California Cities Annual Conference
These promotions and appointments are the latest in a series of initiatives designed to guide RSG into a period of profitable market expansion. Earlier this year, firm principals adopted a growth-focused strategic plan and expanded the ranks of its highly respected consulting team. With a slate of new services, RSG is supporting cities responding to the dissolution of redevelopment with innovative approaches and tools for economic development and housing projects. To communicate this direction, RSG also is embarking upon a branding and marketing initiative, embodied by the tagline, “Better Communities. Bolder Futures.”
RSG will exhibit at the League of California Cities Annual Conference in Sacramento, Sept. 18-20, 2013. Principals Acosta, Simon and Smittle will be available to meet attendees and discuss how RSG’s approach could solve hot-button issues within their communities. To schedule a meeting, contact Cassandra Ravenna, at 714-541-4585, extension 142, or email@example.com, or stop by Booth 509.
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