Mayor of Montgomery names new leaders for economic development, parks and recreation

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed named two new cabinet members: Director of Economic Development Darryl Washington and Director of Parks and Recreation David Card.

The city announced the hires on Tuesday, but Washington and Card both started their new roles earlier this month.

Washington is a Birmingham native and former BellSouth employee who spent 25 years in development, most recently as District Development Manager for Urban Impact in Birmingham’s historic Civil Rights district.

A city statement announcing his hire said Washington will be tasked with developing a cohesive growth strategy, including “engaging corporate partners, empowering small businesses, revitalizing neighborhoods, and catalyzing business and commercial expansion in city hallways.” non-traditional development”.

“I had a friend who asked me, ‘Why Montgomery?’ I said, ‘Why not Montgomery?’ I don’t think enough people realize the tremendous opportunities that exist here in Montgomery,” Washington said at the Montgomery City Council meeting last week. “It’s my job to illuminate and double down on what works (and) to come up with creative programs.”

He said he plans to continue downtown and neighborhood revitalization while working with local leaders.

Card’s decades of experience in sports and recreation management include his key role in building training facilities for the 1996 Olympics. Locally, he played a key role in the center’s renovation plans community in the city and helped develop new summer recreation programs for young people.

A city statement said Card’s work will include completing Mayor Reed’s “multi-million dollar investment in community centers, parks and sports facilities in Montgomery (and) working on other employment and recreation programs that align with best practice in expanding wrap-around services for young people.”

Card told council he looked forward to working with residents and elected leaders here to build and maintain “first-class properties.”

“Despite varying areas of expertise, David and Darryl understand the importance of filling the gaps in our community to ensure everyone has access to opportunities for growth, development and prosperity,” Reed said in a statement announcing the hires. . “Their unique perspectives only complement their success as seasoned professionals. Both are results-oriented individuals and proven leaders who will help position Montgomery to reach his full potential.”

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Brad Harper at bharper1@gannett.com.

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