Baird has added Timothy Connor as a director to its Pennsylvania Public Finance team, the firm announced Monday.

Connor will expand Baird’s existing K-12, municipal, county and state clients, as well as the team’s private sector focus in the region.

“Tim’s passion and commitment to serving local government in meeting their financing goals is evident from his work with Chester County, where he successfully raised hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment and created thousands of jobs in the region,” said Les Bear, managing director and head of Baird’s Pennsylvania Public Finance team.

Prior to joining Baird, Connor was senior vice president of the Chester County Economic Development Council and senior director of the Southeastern Economic Development Company of Pennsylvania.

For Chester County, he administered the commonwealth’s Business Retention and Expansion Program, where he partnered with local legislators and municipalities to provide economic development financing opportunities to the private sector.

Baird’s Pennsylvania Public Finance team is located in Exton, about 30 miles west of Philadelphia.

Baird, a major underwriter and financial advisor to municipalities, schools, government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations, opened its Philadelphia office in 2008. The firm has increased its municipal issuance volume in the state by an average of $513 million per year.

According to Thomson Reuters, in the first half of 2012 Baird ranked first in the nation among senior managers for municipal bond underwritings of small issues, working on 324 bond sales, totaling $1.4 billion.

Connor joined the firm in early August.

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