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Development aide brings experience
by Bill Baldowski
September 03, 2014 04:44 PM | 2849 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New Douglasville Development Authority consultant Joan Young looks over tax incentive forms in her office.
New Douglasville Development Authority consultant Joan Young looks over tax incentive forms in her office.
From the beginning, Joan Young had what the Douglasville City Council needed to help the city’s employer recruitment agency — a true love for the area.

Combined with her experience in drawing economic development at the city, county and state level, it made her the right choice for the position, said Marcia Hampton, Douglasville assistant city manager and interim development authority executive director .

The council recently approved a contract with Young. Douglasville City Manager Bill Osborne said having someone like Young as a development consultant “is just what the Douglasville Development Authority needs right now.”

Young’s background includes more than 10 years working with the Haralson County Development Authority before serving as senior economic developer for the Baton Rouge, La., Chamber of Commerce and director of business development for the state of Louisiana.

Young said her contract with the city is for a term of six months and her duties include analyzing Douglasville’s existing economic development-related practices and its marketability.

“I will make recommendations for economic development within the city,” she said. “I will be looking at how the development authority is set up to see if there may be some additional development practices we can incorporate.”

In addition, Young will review planning efforts and marketing initiatives of the development authority.

The Bremen native said attracting economic development is vital to a municipality “and we want to make sure Douglasville is exactly where it needs to be in attracting quality business and industry.”

Young said she does not presume to be an expert in Douglasville’s economic development, having been in her position for only two weeks. However, she said she believes the city already satisfies what she said is a priority of most business and industrial leaders — a great location.

“We are a prime area for development with our close proximity to transportation hubs,” she said. “The city has great interstate highway access as well as being just a few minutes away from the world’s busiest airport.”

Although Young believes this factor distinguishes Douglasville from other communities, she said the city has many other features to offer incoming business and industry.

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