City of Kennedale Hires Melissa Dailey as Community Development Director

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City Manager George Campbell has announced the selection of Melissa Dailey, AICP, as Community Development Director for the City of Kennedale. Ms. Dailey fills the position left vacant by the resignation of Rachel Roberts {{more: continue …}} in August of 2017 ? a role which has been filled, in the interim, by Jay Narayana, Principal of Livable Plans and Codes.
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?We are all grateful to Ms. Narayana for serving as interim Community Development Director while the extensive candidate search and selection process was conducted,? Campbell said.
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Dailey, whose first day as part of the City?s Leadership Team was Monday, April 30, has more than 25 years? experience in both public and private sector planning and development, including roles at the Cities of Arlington and Fort Worth, Downtown Amarillo, Inc. (DAI), Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. (DFWI), and her most recent roles as a Planner at Freese & Nichols and owner of Dailey Urban Consultants.

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Under her leadership, Downtown Amarillo added more than $100 million in privately-funded projects, including the city?s first 4-star convention hotel, a multipurpose venue/stadium, an annex of West Texas A&M University, and a grant-funded $2 million streetscape enhancement.
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?Ms. Dailey brings to the City of Kennedale Leadership Team a comprehensive understanding of contemporary community and economic development standards that is uniquely complemented by her passion for historic preservation,? Campbell said. ?I am confident that her demonstrated record of innovation and achievement will prove beneficial to this community for years to come.?
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As Community Development Director, Dailey will serve as staff liaison for the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment/Building Board of Appeals. She will also oversee and direct her staff in the enforcement of city code, building standards, and floodplain management; administration of land use and zoning as defined by the Strategic and Comprehensive Plans; management of the local Geographic Information Systems (GIS); and issuance of permits, licenses, inspections, and certificates of occupancy.
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Dailey earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs, and a Master of Business Administration all from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Her professional accolades include a DFWI Trailblazer Award for her leadership during the implementation of the Heritage Trails Project, three ADDYs (American Advertising Awards) for her work at DAI, and an International Downtown Association (IDA) Downtown Achievement Award in Planning.

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