SNELLVILLE - The U.S. Highway 78's Evermore Community Improvement District has added Duluth resident Bill Davis to its roster of employees.
As the Economic Development Project Manager working beneath CID Economic Development Director David Stedman, Davis' main job will be to focus on business retention and expansion for those already operating a business in the CID area.
Prior to his work with Evermore, Davis worked with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and its Partnership Gwinnett initiative ,where he was a business development manager for health care and life sciences.
"The Evermore CID is fortunate to be able to bring someone with Bill's credentials on board to add depth to our team effort to build prosperity and economic opportunity to the Highway 78 corridor," Stedman said. "His strong industry contacts and his close relationship with Partnership Gwinnett are also tremendous assets, as we team with Nick Masino and his talented staff to bring more jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County."
CIDs are self-taxing, public-private partnerships formed in part by the area's commercial property owners dedicated to keeping the area economically competitive through business and government collaboration. By allowing property owners in a CID area to tax themselves, CIDs then leverage those extra tax dollars in order to fund additional services such as intersection improvements, bridge replacements and enhanced public safety. There are three CIDs in Gwinnett County with another one trying to form in Lilburn along U.S. Highway 29.
Stedman said besides focusing on existing businesses, Davis will also be tasked with keeping up to date the CID's newly expanded Web site while also helping to execute the group's marketing and branding efforts.
Davis said he's thrilled with the opportunity of further promoting Gwinnett County in his work.
"I live in Duluth and my family is here, so I am a very passionate advocate for our great community," Davis said. "With unemployment claims up by about 60 percent, we really need to focus on helping our core businesses succeed and grow."
Davis also mentioned Partnership Gwinnett's success in attracting 72 new businesses to Gwinnett. He said in the future, he'd like to have some of those new businesses set up shop in the CID if it's feasible.