City selects Don Burrus as Director of Economic Development Services
Former Vacaville Economic Development Manager to lead biotech attraction efforts
The City of Vacaville has selected Don Burrus to fill the new position of Director of Economic Development Services.
After the City Council approved the creation of the new Director’s position on April 28, a search began immediately. Over 25 people applied for the job, and five finalist were selected for interviews. Burrus came out on top.
If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Burrus was the former Economic Development Manager for the City of Vacaville from 2016 to 2019. He left that post to take a similar position in Redwood City. His first day back in Vacaville will be Monday, June 15.
“Don knows our community, knows the industry, knows the opportunities that exist in Vacaville,” Mayor Ron Rowlett said of the selection of Burrus. “We’re glad he’s back to help lead our biotech attraction efforts, as well as our other economic development efforts.”
Burrus worked on the East Main District project; help bring RXD Nova Pharmaceuticals to Vacaville; worked on changing the municipal code to allow tap rooms and breweries; and other projects during his first stint in Vacaville. His main focus now will be on the biotech industry and advanced manufacturing.
"I am very excited to return to the City of Vacaville to lead the Biotech Attraction Initiative,” Burrus said. “Our city is well positioned to build upon its strength in the life sciences, and this initiative is building a coalition of industry experts and practitioners, working together to position Vacaville in a manner that will appeal to global industry leaders and create more career jobs for the community. This is an incredible opportunity and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it."
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a renewed focus on manufacturing pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices in the U.S. In Advanced Manufacturing the City plans to focus on agriculture technologies, aerospace and transportation, food and beverage and robotics.