By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– The Town of Apple Valley has announced that Economic Development Manager Orlando Acevedo has been selected as the employee of the quarter.
Orlando began his tenure with the Town more than 10 years ago as an intern. Soon after, Orlando was offered a permanent position in the Town Manager’s office dealing in legislative affairs and other high profile projects assigned by the Town Manager. In 2007, Orlando changed hats and took a position as an Economic Development Specialist in the Economic Development department, and in 2012 was promoted by the Town Manager to his current position, Economic Development Manager.
“In many ways, I’m simply a product of my environment,” said Acevedo. “Led by a supportive Town Council and Town Manager, the Town fosters a work culture and team approach that brings out the best in its employees, where we actually enjoy serving our community and each other. I’m humbled that my leaders and teammates appreciate my efforts.”
Most recently, Orlando was the driving force behind securing an agreement for a 1.35 million square foot distribution center project in the North Apple Valley Industrial Specific Plan area. The $115 million project will bring 400 to 500 permanent jobs to the community and is expected to break ground in September with another 300 construction jobs estimated during the 18 month build. The 106-acre project will be located just south of the 1.2 million square foot Wal-Mart Distribution Center and the Victor Valley College Public Safety Campus.
“The competition was fierce among our neighboring cities to secure this high profile tenant,” said Town Manager Frank Robinson. “Throughout the lengthy site selection process, Orlando maintained the highest standard of professionalism. This is standard practice for him as he is always intelligent, well-prepared, experienced and confident.”
His co-workers also describe him as always accessible and accommodating.
“As anyone who has worked with him can attest to, Orlando is a truly outstanding employee and an asset to the Town,” said Special Projects Manager Jennifer Heim.