The Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority (DIA) will get two new members and two current seat holders were reappointed. Current members William Moor, Jr. and Chris Dudley were reappointed and Elizabeth Emmanuel and Slaton Murray were selected to fill the remaining vacancies.
The DIA seeks to promote downtown improvement and redevelopment, which is achieved primarily through maintaining property value.
To qualify for appointment to the board, a prospective member appointed shall be an owner of realty within the downtown area, subject to ad valorem taxation, a lessee required by lease to pay taxes, or a director, officer, or managing agent of an owner or of a lessee so required to pay taxes.
Also, rules state that no two members shall be affiliates of the same corporation, partnership, or other business entity, nor shall any member be serving as a city officer or employee.
Current member William Moor, Jr. was selected for reappointment for this upcoming term. Mr. Moor currently works for Capital City Banc Investments as its president.
Chris Dudley has been a member of the DIA since 2016, and was selected for reappointment. Mr. Dudley is a lobbyist and managing partner for the Southern Strategy Group.
Two seats on the DIA came open due, in part, to the ongoing FBI investigation.
Elizabeth Emmanuel will immediately fill the vacancy for Kim Rivers’s term, who resigned on February 9, 2018. Ms. Emmanuel will be eligible for reappointment following the end of the current term in 2020. She currently works as a program coordinator for Leadership Tallahassee, and was referred by current member Chris Dudley, Sue Dick of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and Justice Major B. Harding.
Edward Slaton Murray will fill the seat currently occupied by Adam Corey, who is not seeking reappointment. Mr. Murray works for NAI TALCOR as a commercial advisor and was referred by the President and CEO of the Seminole Boosters Andrew Miller, President of Capital City Bank Group William G. Smith Jr., Chris Marino of the State Board of Administration Florida, Florida State University Professor Dr. Dean H. Gatzlaff, and fellow professor Dr. Barry A. Diskin.