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CS names new director of Planning & Development Services
Posted on 11/06/2020
Michael Ostrowski will be the next director of College Station’s Planning & Development Services Department, Interim City Manager Jeff Capps announced Friday. Ostrowski comes to College Station after a long professional history in Wisconsin, but most recently from the City of San Marcos.

About Michael Ostrowski
Ostrowski began his career in planning and economic development with the City of Greenfield, Wisconsin, in the mid-2000s and later led efforts within the City of Wisconsin Rapids to attract and coordinate new development, while also focusing on retaining and expanding existing businesses. Ostrowski then served nine years as Community Development Director for the City of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, which allowed him to oversee building inspections, economic development, historic preservation, neighborhood improvement, planning and zoning, and property assessment. He currently serves as Assistant Director of Planning & Development Services for San Marcos, which includes short- and long-range planning, and leading the city’s initiative to rewrite its comprehensive plan.

  • 2019-present: Assistant Director, Planning & Development Services, San Marcos
  • 2010-2019: Director, Community Development, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • 2008-2010: Director, Planning & Economic Development, Wisconsin Rapids
  • 2006, 2007, 2008: Intern, Planning & Economic Development, Greenfield, Wisconsin
“Michael is a great fit for College Station because he combines his extensive experiences in planning and economic development with community relationships in university cities,” Capps said. “We’re extremely eager to benefit from his time working alongside the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Texas State University.”

“I am honored to have been selected for this position and look forward to building lasting relationships with the citizens, businesses, and organizations of the College Station community,” Ostrowski said. I’m also grateful to become part of a dedicated and highly functioning team with the city and look forward to working with that team and local officials on furthering planning and development efforts for the community.”

Ostrowski is both a certified planner (AICP) and certified economic developer (CEcD), issued by the American Institute of Certified Planners and the International Economic Development Council, respectively. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science and public administration from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and a Master of Public Administration and Master of Urban Planning from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ostrowski is expected to begin his new role by January.

About College Station Planning & Development Services
The College Station Planning & Development Service Department is currently comprised of more than 45 employees, including land development engineers and planners, long-range-planners, building officials, greenways, and transportation professionals. The department has a Fiscal Year 2021 budget of $4.3 million.

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