A great community
It’s hard for me to believe I’ve been downtown-development coordinator in Clayton for just over nine years, and I’ve enjoyed just about all of it – really. But after serious contemplation, I’ve determined it’s time to enjoy something else, and so at the end of the day on May 29, I will be known as the “former downtown-development coordinator for the town of Clayton.”
Over the past 30 years or so, I’ve been mostly a “start-up” guy – in radio, a natural gas project and in downtown development. I’ve lately been getting that start-up feeling again, so it’s just time to move on to the next phase of my career by starting an entrepreneurial endeavor. I’ll let you know more about that in the near future.
I’ve been working in the downtown revitalization and development business since 1998, and Clayton is the best place in the world for a downtown manager. Downtown has the support of town management, the Town Council, downtown business owners and Clayton residents. Clayton also has an openness to try new things and think new thoughts. That’s not something that happens in all communities, believe me.
I’ve been glad to be a part of a long list of great projects, programs and activities. I’ve been honored to work with so many great people, including my co-workers at town hall who are some of the best anywhere and have taught me so much. But I’m most glad that downtown Clayton has become such a special place in many people’s lives. I suspect it will become even more special in the future.
It has been wonderful to work with the Downtown Development Association, especially board chairs Michael Grannis (as he was becoming a town councilman), Ed Knight, Joyce Blackley, Richard Rairigh and now James Lipscomb. All the DDA board and committee members I’ve collaborated with were, and are, incredibly engaging volunteers who devote a lot of time to the improvement of downtown Clayton. They don’t receive enough credit for what they do.
Every day I walk through downtown and poke my head in the doors of our businesses, I always learn something: something that’s going on, something one of our business owners is doing right or some aspect of that business that I didn’t know.
There’s something special about the people in Clayton: They love this town and want others to feel welcome. Not just the folks born and raised here, but even the newbies. There’s a pride of community that’s ingrained and contagious. I’m glad to be one of the stricken. Clayton is a great community, period.
Downtown Development Coordinator