Pinal Partnership, the nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together Pinal County’s resources to market the county and study major regional issues, has appointed Rina Rien as its new executive director.
A Realtor and marketing consultant, Rien led Main Street Casa Grande, an advocacy group promoting the city’s downtown, for seven years until 2019, helping to lead the development of Casa Grande Neon Park.
She applied for Pinal Partnership’s top job after being involved as a member for several years and will succeed Melissa Daniels, who left for a position at the Arizona Association for Economic Development. Rien was announced as the new executive developer at the partnership’s June monthly event.
In a press release, she said: “Pinal County is on the cusp of amazing economic growth and demographic change as we become a destination for new technologies and manufacturing within Arizona. Pinal Partnership’s leadership has played a major role in recent economic development wins and has a strategic vision for the future.”
Pinal Partnership was formed in 2005 as a nonprofit with a mission to improve research, planning, and coordination of private and public efforts related to infrastructure, natural resources, and community development.
Tony Smith, who took over as president and CEO of Pinal Partnership in March, said, “Rina has a firm knowledge of Pinal County and has the skills and experience to do the job. According to several of our executive board members, she is the one candidate that stood out from all the others.”