Jim Ristow will return as president and CEO of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce starting June 1.

Ristow resigned Jan. 9 to take a job with the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, but he said he decided to return to Bellevue because there was still a lot to do there.

The full board of directors unanimously agreed on Ristow’s return, said Paulette Davidson, chairwoman of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce board.

“His leadership and dedication to the Bellevue community is truly valued and necessary for continued progress within our business community,” Davidson said.

Ristow had worked for the Bellevue Chamber since March 2012. He was actively involved in moving along a new conference center and hotel project, bringing the first Chinese company to Bellevue and helping with Bellevue’s passage of a measure that allows a portion of local sales taxes to go toward economic development.

“There’s a lot of unfinished business here,” Ristow told the Bellevue Leader. “Bellevue has so many opportunities and so many great things that are happening and can happen. I missed being able to get on the boat and help row to accomplish those things.”

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