NEW YORK CITY-The leader of the Brooklyn Navy Yard'stransformation into an urban sustainable industrial park,Andrew Kimball, is leaving his position to jointhe private sector, the Yard's management announced Thursday.

Kimball, who was appointed by Mayor MichaelBloomberg in December 2005, will join JamestownProperties as director of innovation economy initiatives.He was unavailable for comment at press time.

“Andrew Kimball has played a key role in the administration'sfive-borough economic development strategy, creating thousands ofmanufacturing jobs even through the national recession,” says MayorBloomberg in the announcement by the Brooklyn Navy YardDevelopment Corp. “Today, the Brooklyn Navy Yard is avital innovation hub where modern-era manufacturers are makingproducts, generating jobs and reshaping our economy.”

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Rayna Katz

Rayna Katz is a seasoned business journalist whose extensive experience includes coverage of the lodging sector, travel and the culinary space. She was most recently content director for a business-to-business publisher, overseeing four publications. While at Meeting News, a travel trade publication, she received a Best Reporting award for a story on meeting cancellations in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.