Joel Cordle Receives Georgia Downtown Development Professional Designation

In order to be eligible for the level two review, a candidate must have: at least five years of experience in the field of downtown development; 120 hours of documented training class time in downtown development; fifteen hours of service as a trainer in various downtown-related topics; and five letters of recommendation. In addition, the candidate must document programmatic success through a written and oral presentation of a case study and pass a written exam.

“The Senior Georgia Downtown Development Professional has demonstrated proficiency in the application of critical knowledge, skills, and tools in the professional practice of downtown development in Georgia”, said Connie Tabor, Chair of the Professional Development Program. “The Georgia Downtown Development Professional Program distinguishes downtown managers who have reached a milestone of professional success in Georgia and who are committed to continuing professional growth.”

The professional development program designates three levels of professional success, each requiring and recognizing more professional success than the preceding level. The program has been endorsed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute.

Based in Atlanta, the Georgia Downtown Association is a non-profit association that promotes the economic redevelopment of Georgia’s downtowns.