Westmass Area Development Corp. names Jeff Daley CEO

LUDLOW — Westmass Area Development Corp. has named Jeff Daley its new CEO.

He succeeds interim CEO Bryan Nicholas. The economic development entity’s most recent CEO, Eric Nelson, died suddenly in April. He was 61.

Daley is the former executive director of the Westfield Redevelopment Authority and most recently was principal of CJC Development Advisors LLC, which he founded in 2016, according to a news release.

His portfolio includes overseeing $60 million in commercial and industrial development and managing $34 million in public development projects. He’d also been working with DevelopSpringfield, a public-private partnership in the city that buys troubled properties and prepares them for sale to developers.

As CEO of Westmass, Daley will be responsible for management; negotiating corporate acquisitions, land sales, leases and incentive proposals; grant applications; and marketing the organization’s resources and development, according to a news release.

Daley will also be responsible for the continued development of Ludlow Mills, which Westmass owns and is transforming into a mixed-use complex with offices, light manufacturing, housing and other business.

The site includes 75 Winn Development apartments in Mill #10 for residents over 55, and is host to the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts.

Westmass has received funding, including $3.1 million in federal money announced in June, to build Riverside Drive, a new road to the rear of the property along the Chicopee River that will open up an additional 60 acres for development, said Carol Campbell, the board chair.