After a thorough search for the right fit, the Portage la Prairie Planning District is delighted to introduce Grant Gessell as their new General Manager. Board Chairperson, Ryan Espey, says Grant's background in construction and project management makes him a valuable addition to the team. 

“We're happy that Grant accepted the position.” Espey notes, “We're optimistic for another big year with the Planning District. There's lots of things going on in the city of Portage. So, he will definitely be busy.” 

As General Manager, Gessell will lead the organization, handle financial planning, and oversee the staff. His role will be vital to ensuring the district runs smoothly. Finding a General Manager was no easy task, as Espey explains. 

“The challenge is that it is a diverse skill set, it doesn't just encompass permitting and inspections it comes with an HR component where you can, you must be qualified to manage a team.” 

Despite the challenges in finding the right fit, the Planning District is looking forward to the future. Gessell's leadership will be crucial in navigating the city's bustling activities and ensuring a successful year ahead.