The Sugarloaf Community Improvement District didn’t have to look far to find its first executive director.

It only had to look a few exits down Interstate 85.

The CID, which was formed earlier this year, announced on Friday that Alyssa Davis is the sole finalist for the executive director position. For the last seven years, Davis has been an urban planner with the Gwinnett Village CID in the Jimmy Carter Boulevard area.

“It is a unique opportunity to join a CID as its just beginning, and be in a position to provide foundational direction,” Davis said in a statement. “The Sugarloaf CID represents an area of dynamic growth potential, and I am excited to be part of promoting its success.

“I look forward to what the future holds for our CID, and I am eager to get to work for this community.”

Davis’ appointment to the position is expected to be voted on by the Sugarloaf CID Board of Directors at its meeting in early December.

She holds master’s degrees in city and regional planning from Georgia Tech, and in teaching from Pace University. She is also involved with the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Advance Atlanta, Leadership Gwinnett and American Institute of Certified Planners.

Davis also spent five years teaching in New York City and Atlanta.

Sugarloaf CID officials pointed to her work with the Gwinnett Village CID as reasons why she was named as the sole finalist.

“During her tenure with the Gwinnett Village CID, Davis provided program management and project oversight related to transportation enhancements, code enforcement and transit expansion plans,” according to a statement from the CID.

“She successfully secured millions of dollars in grant funding while guiding the establishment of long-range project development plans, among other accomplishments.”

The Sugarloaf CID is centered in the area around the Infinite Energy Center and the Sugarloaf Parkway/I-85 interchange. It is Gwinnett County’s sixth CID.