CONCORD, N.C., February 5, 2018 – The Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) is beginning the search for a new Executive Director to replace existing Executive Director, Diane Young, whose contract ends on June 30 of this year. Ms. Young informed the Board in the spring of 2017 that she would not seek to extend her contract. Young has served as the Executive Director since October of 2010. A licensed general contractor and real estate developer, Young plans to resume her activities in those areas on a full-time basis after June 30th.
During Young’s tenure as the Executive Director, 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 have stated their intention to continue to work as a leading economic development agency under the leadership of the new Executive Director and are 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.
The Concord Downtown Development Corporation is committed to fostering continued growth and redevelopment in the Downtown Concord Municipal Service District through promotion, design and business redevelopment.