CONCORD, N.C., June 4, 2018 – The Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) has selected Johnson Y. Bray to lead the organization as its new Executive Director. Bray is currently the Planning Director and Main Street Coordinator for the Town of Troy, North Carolina. In addition to his duties with the Town of Troy, Bray also serves as the Executive Director of the Troy Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Prior to his work in Troy, Bray was employed as a Research Analyst at DavenportLawrence in Aberdeen, NC.
Bray has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a major in Public and Urban Affairs. He went on to obtain a Master of Public Administration degree with a specialization in Town, City and County Management from Appalachian State University. His skill set includes economic development, web content management, public policy, social media management, event planning, and community/stakeholder relations. Bray will begin at the CDDC on Monday, July 2nd. “I am excited for the opportunity not only to work in Downtown Concord but also call it my home. I understand the great work that has been done up to this point; Diane Young, the CDDC Board of Directors, and City of Concord have done a wonderful job moving Downtown Concord forward. My primary goal is to maintain that momentum and build upon the success,” Bray said.
CDDC President Alan Bishop served on the search committee that began the search process in February. Bishop said, “We are very excited about the skills and enthusiasm that Johnson brings to the organization. We look forward to the community welcoming him to Concord and wish him a successful and exciting future with our organization.”
The CDDC was formed in 1990 to carry out the Main Street program on behalf of the City of Concord. It is an accredited Main Street organization by both the North Carolina Main Street Center and the National Main Street Center. Since 1990 Downtown Concord has experienced over $180 million in combined public/private investment and at this time has a ground floor vacancy rate of just six percent, the lowest ground floor vacancy rate since the 2008 recession. The current Executive Director, Diane Young, joined the CDDC in October of 2010 and will work through the end of her contract on June 30th.
The Concord Downtown Development Corporation is committed to fostering continued growth and redevelopment in the Downtown Concord Municipal Service District through promotion, design and business redevelopment.