“This department will support the Main Street Program to market our historic McDonough Square and reform the Downtown Development Authority to identify redevelopment opportunities,” said Causey.
Causey said one of his goals in his new position is to form strong partnerships with both businesses and property owners.
“We will also work with business and property owners to assist with available state and local incentives, and ensure they are getting the best customer service from the city,” he said.
Bronaugh Bridges, III, who is the new budget analyst, will work in conjunction with City Administrator Frederick Garner and the finance director in every step of the fiscal year 2013-14 general fund budget, leading up to the final recommendations and presentation.
Bridges will assist with program analysis and resource allocations in his role. Prior to becoming budget analyst for the city of McDonough, Bridges worked more than two decades within public service in similar capacities with budget, financial analysis and management with the city of Atlanta. He has also been the president of Civic Concepts Consultants, LLC since 2007.
These additions to city employees comes with the city’s other recent hire of Kira Harris-Braggs as Main Street Program Manager, someone who Causey will work closely with. Harris-Braggs also emphasized the same importance of forming connections within the business community.
“The underlying premise of the Main Street concept is to encourage economic development within the context of historic preservation in ways that are appropriate for today’s marketplace,” she said. “Main Street programs advocate a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment and the rebuilding of traditional commercial districts based on their unique assets — distinctive architecture, a pedestrian-friendly environment, personal service, local ownership and a sense of community.”
All the new roles will focus on one thing: advancing the city of McDonough and Henry County as a whole.
“Our work will focus on making McDonough the first place to invest in Henry County and the south metro market,” said Causey.