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11 December 2014

New Leadership Coming to Airport West Community Improvement District in 2015

Metropolitan Atlanta's newest community improvement district (CID) is getting new leadership to start the new year.

Gerald McDowell, who currently serves as the Lilburn CID executive director, will fill the same role for the Airport West CID starting in January.

Airport West CID Board Chairman Natalie Martin said the CID will greatly benefit from McDowell’s first-hand knowledge of successful CID operations.

“Gerald McDowell has an excellent reputation throughout metro Atlanta and beyond, and we are pleased to have him focused on the needs of our businesses,” Martin said. “I am confident that we have selected the best leader for our community.”

Between 2005 and 2009, McDowell was the business development director for the Gwinnett Village CID as well as development director for the associated Gwinnett Village Community Alliance. He assumed the executive director position for the Lilburn district in early 2009.

McDowell said his years as a CID staff member and involvement as a consultant to other CIDs have given him a unique network of resources to serve the commercial property owners surrounding the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“I have had the opportunity to oversee virtually every aspect of how CIDs function from undertaking long-range plans to meeting daily operational needs,” McDowell said. “I am eager to take on this new challenge, and I am looking forward to advancing the Airport West CID to greater levels of success.”

The Airport West CID, which was created in early 2014, consists of territory that extends from west to east along Camp Creek Pkwy (SR 6) at Merk Road to the Airport/Clayton County line. The district extends north along I-85 to Virginia Avenue and south on I-85, Best Road and Main Street (US 29/Spur 14) to the industrial areas on Buffington Road and Naturally Fresh Boulevard. The district accounts for 174 owners, including 140 commercial and 32 industrial, and a value exceeding $322 million.