City looking for Riverlands manager

The City of Red Deer is searching for the right person to lead the redevelopment of Riverlands.

The City of Red Deer is searching for the right person to lead the redevelopment of Riverlands.

A project manager would report to Kim Fowler, the city’s director of planning, but would be responsible for overall project planning and co-ordination and management of smaller sub-projects.

Riverlands is considered to be Red Deer’s preeminent project and will create the future identity of the city.

In 2011, Red Deer city council approved the Riverlands Area Redevelopment Project, which essentially transforms the downtown industrial area into a vibrant new community.

The temporary 14-month position comes with a salary range between $97,000 to $121,000. Her or she would be responsible for $21 million in assessed value of 75 acres of land (before development).

Red Deer city council approved the position at budget time in January.

Fowler said the person would essentially get the project underway and up to a marketable stage. This is one of the three major plans within the Greater Downtown Action Plan.

Coun. Paul Harris reasoned this position cannot be put on the desks of city staffers. He said there is a specific skill set needed that will help transform a piece of land that will “put Red Deer on the map.”

The ideal candidate would have a degree in urban planning or land economics, experience in project management, comprehension of municipal land development and other skills.

The posting closes on June 28.

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