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Noles sees positive economic development growth ahead for Douglasville
by Liz Marino
lmarino@neighbornewspapers.com
September 05, 2012 11:07 AM | 1228 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jeff Noles
Jeff Noles
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Jeff Noles wears many hats for the city of Douglasville.

All have one common thread — economic development.

The current director of developmental services for the city of Douglasville, Noles also recently accepted the job of executive director of the Douglasville Development Authority.

Asked how he could possibly take on such a large new responsibility, he said, “It would require a lot of time management.”

Actually, he explained, everything he has done in his almost 10 years with the city has had economic development components.

“I have been been actively involved in economic development,” Noles said. “Them being so closely intertwined, we believe we can accomplish the task.”

While both roles have overlapping functions, Noles explained that development services is a government function that primarily responds to development, as opposed to an independent board like the Development Authority which seeks out and initiates development.

Economic development is very time-consuming, he admitted.

“I have experience in getting customers to occupy space, which is the ultimate goal,” he said.

“It is all about relationship building and almost like ‘mining.’ You have to stay with relationship building and mining the prospect.”

Noles added, “I feel like I bring not only the necessary skills to be successful, but also a unique skills set of understanding project delivery and project life cycle that will aid potential developers.

“My understanding of the local landscape is my stong suit.”

Noles began his career with the city in 2003 and has held other positions with increased responsibilities, including acting zoning official, city engineer and director of development services.

In the past five years, Noles has overseen the construction of some of Douglasville’s largest developments, including the Public Safety and Municipal Court building and the Hunter Park Community Center.

Although some of his responsibilities have been shifted to others in his department, he continues to oversee the areas of development services, information technology and building services, Noles said. He will no longer be responsible for city communications oversight.

His efforts will continue on the Ga. Hwy. 92 expansion and relocation project.

Noles is optimistic about the availability of new prospects looking to bring business into the area.

“Corporate users and investors are very particular what they invest in,” he explained. “All know the economy and where it currently is.”

He said he believes there is money still to invest and that people making those investments are realizing significant gains.

“Smart businesspeople are aware of that,” said Noles. “Large corporations also recognize that. There are deals to be had out there.”
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