Main Street, Community Redevelopment Agency to share a director

Published: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 12:41 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Soon, the Community Redevelopment Agency and Main Street Crestview Association will share a director.

By splitting the new position between the CRA and Main Street, CRA board members — who are also sitting City Council members — will benefit from a full-time professional adviser, they said.

Meanwhile, the association can maintain its accreditation with the state Main Street program, which requires a full-time program manager.

Main Street President Ellis Conner hopes to have candidates vetted and a director in place by Oct. 1, which starts the new fiscal year.

CRA members voted 4-1 Monday to hire a leader for both entities. Board members Joe Blocker, Thomas Gordon, Shannon Hayes and Mickey Rytman voted in favor of the proposal. Robyn Helt cast the lone dissenting vote.

It's a triumph for Conner, a former city councilman who has tried for two years to get a full-time program manager for the association.


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