ST. CLOUD -- The new Executive Director of the St. Cloud Area Planning Organization is just over a week into his new job here and he's using the time to meet people in the community and learn the issues.

Brian Gibson was born in North Dakota and most recently worked for the Metropolitan Planning Organization in Honolulu, Hawaii. Gibson says while Hawaii is nice, he took the job here because he wanted to be closer to family and for the change of seasons.

As a planner, Gibson says transportation is at the center of community growth.  He looks forward to helping extend the Northstar Commurt Rail Line to St. Cloud and widen I-94 to six lanes up to St. Cloud.

Gibson replaces Angela Stenson who left in March after four years as the head of the APO.