Reynolds will focus his efforts on building the capacity of community and regional leaders to implement effective strategies, grow and sustain the economy, and strengthen communities. Areas of focus will include economic development, downtown development, business retention and expansion, regional collaboration, and stakeholder engagement on community plans and projects.
“I am really excited to work with Extension in Merrimack County,” says Reynolds, “I look forward to working at the ground-level again." When asked what it was about the positon that interested him, he said, “I am from Merrimack County, so the opportunity to support the communities in the county where I grew up was really appealing."
Reynolds, who spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, has worked in community health, economic development, and public finance for the past seven years. He currently works at AECOM, a multi-national firm that provides design, consulting, construction, economic development and management services to a range of clients, including municipalities. In his role, he conducts economic, financial, and demographic analysis for municipalities to help guide decision making. Reynolds’s projects have included an economic and demographic analysis of Pike County, Indiana, a financial analysis of 130 municipalities around Illinois, infrastructure and freight analysis of Memphis, and financial feasibility, business recruitment and planning for innovation centers in St. Louis and Denver.
Reynolds is also a research assistant at the Center for Municipal Finance with the Center for Municipal Finance at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, where he researches and writes about public pension systems around the country.
He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago in Public Policy and Social Service Administration, with concentrations in economic analysis and municipal finance.
“We are excited to have Jared join our team," said Charlie French, program team leader for Community and Economic Development. “He brings a diverse array of skills to the organization, everything from economic analysis to working with rural communities on issues like community health and public finance”. Please take a moment to welcome Jared when he begins his role on August 21 in Merrimack County."