Lindsteadt remains in critical condition at Salinas hospital

Gilroy
– The director of Gilroy’s Economic Development Corporation,
Bill Lindsteadt, remains in critical condition after nearly three
weeks in the hospital.
Gilroy – The director of Gilroy’s Economic Development Corporation, Bill Lindsteadt, remains in critical condition after nearly three weeks in the hospital.

Lindsteadt, 66, was initially taken to Saint Louise Regional Hospital on Dec. 16 for an undisclosed health emergency. Following his hospitalization, he suffered a series of related medical complications, including a heart attack. He was relocated to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Dec. 20 to receive specialized medical treatment.

His condition has remained unchanged since then, according to a hospital spokesperson and Gilroy Chamber of Commerce President Susan Valenta, who has worked closely with Lindsteadt in the last eight years.

She said Lindsteadt has enjoyed hearing his wife, Raisa, read him recent news stories about the commercial and economic growth of Gilroy, a phenomenon for which he is largely responsible.

Since the city hired him in 1996 to take charge of the EDC, he has steered in dozens of new stores such as Home Depot, Costco, Lowe’s and many smaller retailers. Under his stewardship, the city has added more than 2 million square feet of retail space and taxable sales have doubled to more than $1.1 billion.

The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce named Lindsteadt the Man of the Year in 2004.

Members of the EDC board plan to discuss how to run the nonprofit agency in his absence. At a Jan. 14 meeting they expect to consider how to handle a possible early retirement by Lindsteadt, who had planned to step down as EDC director at the end of the year.

Lindsteadt cannot receive visitors currently, but Valenta said cards could be sent to the Chamber of Commerce at 7471 Monterey Street.

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