Geise has nearly six years of experience as the deputy director of the Planning and Economic Development Department in Chautauqua County. He also currently works as a senior planner with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.
His appointment follows Dinolfo’s recent appointment of Jeffrey Adair as director of the county’s planning and development department, and chief economic development officer, last week.
“I am excited to welcome Mark Geise to Monroe County government,” Dinolfo stated. “Mark brings a wealth of experience from his tenure with the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development. I am looking forward to the great things Jeff Adair, and Mark, will do, as they spur economic development, and provide residents greater employment opportunities here at home.”
Dinolfo said Geise’s accomplishments include the 2011 Chautauqua County Comprehensive Plan, which led to the development of an equestrian trail, and a greenway plan; the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Area Management Plan; and the Chautauqua Lake Watershed Management Plan.
He also founded the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation, for which he currently serves as executive director.
“Monroe County has always been on the leading edge of economic development, and I’m eager to join this team,” Geise stated. “In my time in Chautauqua County, I was able to use my skills to bring jobs, and opportunity to that community, and I’m excited to do the same thing here.”
“Mark Geise is an excellent addition to our economic development team,”Adair added. “I know Mark is excited to join county executive Dinolfo’s team, as we improve upon Monroe County’s already impressive planning and development programs, and fulfill our core mission of increasing economic opportunity and prosperity for all our residents.”
Geise also has a bachelor’s degree in environmental design, as well as a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Buffalo.