Vin Nolan, the economic development supervisor in New Milford since 2006, is leaving the job in two weeks.

Mr. Nolan has accepted a similar job in economic development in Delray Beach, Fl.

"This is not about leaving the town of New Milford," Mr. Nolan wrote in his letter of resignation. "The decision is about the next step in my life... and in my career development."

"Had not a good opportunity come along, I would not have acted this soon," Mr. Nolan said Monday. "I'm not looking to get out of Dodge."

Mr. Nolan has concerns about state's business climate and economy. While not the deciding factor in this move, it does play a role, he said.

"I fear greatly for business in Connecticut," he said. "I don't see regulations on businesses or the town letting up. They've reached the point of stymieing development."

Still, he hopes the best for the state and believes New Milford will fare better than other communities.

Mayor Pat Murphy said Monday replacing Mr. Nolan will be a challenge.

"He really did embrace our business community, got involved from our Chamber of Commerce to regional economic development," Ms. Murphy said.

Ms. Murphy noted Mr. Nolan's help in implementing the development services team that guides businesses in the development of land and building use in the town.

"The search to fill the economic development supervisor's position will be one to match someone with the department heads and business community," the mayor said.

Jayson Roberts, the president of the Village Center Organization, acknowledges the efforts Mr. Nolan has made to enhance downtown business.

"Vin has been invaluable to the VCO," Mr. Roberts said. "He recognizes the value of the downtown and of maintaining a vibrant town center."

"He did so much in the town, played such a vital role in the town, yet he always showed the downtown special interest," he said.

Frank Wargo, the town's Economic Development Commission chairman, lauded Mr. Wargo for "working as a liaison in getting the strategic plans together for the town and the region."

"He will be sorely missed. He's a wonderful asset for the town," Mr. Wargo said.

Over the years, Mr. Nolan has played a key role in economic development in the town bringing in numerous businesses and large business mergers.

The Economic Development Corporation in New Milford he had helped design was launched in March.

When Danbury-based Odyssey Logistics Technology Corp purchased New Milford-based Chemical Marketing in February, Mr. Nolan played a role working with Wayne Shepperd, chief of staff to Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.

"Vin, Liz Stocker and I have been a triumvirate in creating the Comprehensive Regional Economic Development Strategy," said Mr. Shepperd.

"Vin has been the driving force throughout the 18 months that we have been developing the strategy," Mr. Shepperd said. "He recognized the value of regional economic development immediately and put every effort behind our development of the strategy."

"This is not about leaving the town of New Milford.The decision is about the next step in my life... and in my career development."

Vin Nolan

Resigning as New Milford's economic development supervisor