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Concord Downtown Development seeks new executive director

 

Feb. 5. Diane Young, executive director of the Concord Downtown Development Corp., will step down when her contract ends June 30. The agency is working on a replacement for Young who has been executive director since 2010. A licensed general contractor and real estate developer, she plans to go back into private enterprise

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During Young’s tenure, the CDDC has moved sharply toward an economic development focus that has resulted in significant new investment within the district. Activities have included:

–        Recruiting a developer to purchase and redevelop three properties (the district’s “white elephants”) totaling over 90,000 square feet

–        Updating the CDDC website to serve as one-stop shopping for information on grants, properties for sale/lease, and pertinent studies including parking study, urban design study, and market study

–        Proactively working with financial institutions to move properties that have gone through foreclosure into the hands of capable property owners

–        Developing a robust social media and marketing program that supports the retention of existing businesses while recruiting new businesses that are a beneficial addition to the existing business mix

–        Building strong working relationships with City of Concord staff who are directly involved in economic development efforts

The CDDC Board of Directors has stated its intention to continue to work as a leading economic development agency under the leadership of the new executive director and is seeking an individual who has the skills and knowledge to produce positive economic results within the Downtown Concord MSD.

The CDDC is launching a nationwide search for a candidate who has development and/or business management experience in addition to a work history of managing a downtown revitalization program.

Visit www.ConcordDowntown.com to learn more about the CDDC.

 

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