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TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has named Freeholder Elizabeth Maher Muoio the County's new Director of Economic Development and Sustainability. Elected County Freeholder in 2000, Muoio will begin her new role with the County March 1, 2008.

"I can think of no better candidate to lead the new Office of Economic Development and Sustainability, and it is with pride that I appoint Elizabeth Muoio," Hughes said. "This initiative has been a goal of mine since I took office, and I believe we can make Mercer County a governmental leader in finding smart energy solutions. Ms. Muoio possesses the leadership skills and critical thinking necessary to make this initiative a reality."

"Along with that, my administration plans to reach out to Mercer's business community and ask them to become partners in our fight for a sustainable and healthy environment," Hughes said.

As a freeholder, Muoio joined Hughes to champion for sustainability by calling for all new County construction projects to be performed in an environmentally conscious manner.

"I am looking forward to serving the people of Mercer County in this new capacity and am so pleased that the County Executive has created this office to help meet the environmental challenges facing us as a County," Muoio said. "In combining this new office with the Office of Economic Development, we dispel the long-held notion that expanding economic opportunity and protecting the environment must be mutually exclusive. Through partnerships with our business community, municipalities, and educational institutions, we can not only work to assist existing and new businesses in implementing sustainable business operations, but also take advantage of the growing global demand for sustainable industries."

Muoio takes over for former Director of Economic Opportunity Charles Hill, who resigned Jan. 4, 2008 to accept a position in the private sector.

A replacement for her seat on the Freeholder Board will be selected at the Mercer County Democratic Convention on March 15.

Prior to serving as a freeholder, Muoio was a Pennington Borough councilwoman from 1997-2001 and served on the Mercer County Special Services School District Board of School Estimate. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University. She and her husband Joe reside in Pennington with their three children.