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William Pfaff takes over economic development in Sussex

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William F. Pfaff has taken over as Sussex Country’s new economic development director. The position is responsible for promoting growth in the County through partnerships with business leaders and civic groups and helping companies navigate the regulatory process. His office also manages business incentive and loan programs.

“Bill has the right mix of experience on both sides of the equation. He personally understands the challenges small businesses face as a one-time business owner himself, and he knows how to access resources, whether it’s financing or training, to help others succeed,” County Administrator Todd F. Lawson said.

The position has been vacant since former director Melody Booker-Wilkins passed away last year.

Pfaff spent much of his career with the Delaware Small Business Development Center, where he helped build the Sussex County office from the ground up. In this role, he worked with local businesses to develop marketing and business plans and improve access to lenders and job training.

Pfaff learned the business world as the owner and operator of a local Sears Roebuck & Co. franchise.

“Sussex County has an excellent track record for providing a pro-business climate, and I am anxious to be a catalyst that will help create jobs for our residents,” Pfaff said.

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