February, 2014 C. Courtney Knight, Managing Director for Rice Financial Products Company in Chicago has accepted the position of Managing Director, Redevelopment for Invest Atlanta. Invest Atlanta is comprised of the Atlanta Development Authority, Urban Residential Finance Authority, Downtown Development Authority and the Atlanta Urban Redevelopment Agency. Subsidiaries include Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Invest Atlanta is the official economic development entity for the City of Atlanta. Its purpose is to strengthen Atlanta’s economy and global competitiveness in order to create increased opportunity and prosperity for the people of Atlanta. Invest Atlanta is governed by a 9 member board of directors, chaired by the Mayor of Atlanta.
January, 2014 Michael Graney, Senior Vice President of Business Development for the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council has accepted the position of Vice President, Global Business Development for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. The Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) serves as a catalyst for long-term, sustainable economic growth in the three-county Charleston region which comprises Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties in South Carolina. CRDA is a public/private economic development partnership (501(c)6) with leadership and funding support from three county governments, five largest municipalities, six colleges/universities, three chambers of commerce and nearly 100 businesses. The organization has a 12-person staff and a $3.1M annual budget.
January, 2014 Thomas Latchem, Director of Business Development for Elford Construction has accepted the position of Director of Economic Development of City of Carrollton, TX. The City’s economic development program includes: recruiting commercial and industrial clients; retaining commercial and industrial clients; recruiting and retaining retail and restaurant clients; and facilitating international trade and investment program opportunities for the City.