Woodstock taps former city planner as economic development director
February 27, 2013 01:44 PM | 1665 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former City Planner Brian Stockton has accepted the position of economic development director with the city of Woodstock, City Manager Jeff Moon announced Tuesday.

Stockton will begin his new position March 6.

Before taking the role of city planner in May 2006, Stockton completed internships with the city of Marietta Development Services Department and the Cobb County Department of Transportation. He also previously served as an employment coordinator with Rosser International.

Stockton has a master’s degree in city and regional planning with an urban design specialization from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance from Kennesaw State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association and the Congress for New Urbanism.

Mayor Donnie Henriques said Stockton has played a key role in the development of downtown Woodstock.

“From his involvement in the downtown master plan, LCI (Livable Centers Initiative) plan, Greenprints plan, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village and the newly adopted sign plan, Brian already has the knowledge to hit the ground running in his new position,” Henriques said.

Moon said he too feels Stockton will be valuable to the city’s economic development.

“I have watched Brian work on a number of economic development projects in the past couple of years to include the Reformation Brewery project most recently, and I feel very comfortable with him in the economic development director role,” Moon said. “He certainly has the desire and background with downtown Woodstock to succeed in the position.”

Stockton will also serve as the director of the Woodstock Downtown Development Authority and the manager of the Main Street program.

Stockton is replacing Billy Peppers, who left the city in November 2012 to become special assistant to the commissioner for downtown development at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
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