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    After nearly six years with Grand County, Zacharia Levine is resigning from his position as the county’s director of economic and community development.

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    Zacharia Levine is leaving his job with Grand County to assume a position with The Synergy Company. File photo

    Levine said Monday, June 15 in his letter of resignation to the Grand County Council and county administrators that he would be staying in Moab but taking a job with The Synergy Company as director of corporate development and social responsibility.

    “I did not arrive at this decision easily,” Levine told the council. “My nearly six years of employment with Grand County have provided personal and professional nourishment. I appreciated the confidence, trust, and professional development opportunities bestowed upon the [community and economic development] office by county leadership, elected officials, agency partners, and, most importantly, local residents.”

    Levine headed some of the county’s most impactful efforts to bolster affordable housing and business development in Grand County, from the High-Density Housing Overlay to the area’s business summit that has expanded during his time from a small annual event to a regional event that draws businesses from the neighboring San Juan County.

    In addition to working on planning and land use policies, Levine’s office participates and oversees some of Grand County’s other governmental operations, including Active Transportation and Trails Division, which builds and maintains the many public trails in the county, alongside efforts like Moab Art Trails and Moab Dark Skies.

    Levine will not completely disappear from planning and business development in Grand County.

    “Just as I am, The Synergy Company is deeply committed to staying in Moab, and finding new ways to enhance the long-term health, vitality, and resiliency of our community,” Levine said in his letter of resignation. “As my new role includes ample opportunity to participate in critical planning, public engagement, and economic development efforts, I look forward to continued collaboration in the years to come.”

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