Posted: Jan 3, 2013 2:37 PM by Press Release
"On behalf of the Downtown Development Authority, I am pleased to announce that we have been successful in attracting an outstanding candidate to lead us into the next phase of our journey to become a world class city, "said DDA Chairman Pat Trahan.
Nathan Norris will assume the role of Executive Director of the DDA, working in partnership
with its non-profit counterpart, Downtown Lafayette Unlimited. He will be relocating to Lafayette in mid-January.
The DDA selected Nathan Norris, having reviewed and screened 14 excellent applicants from a pool of more than 100 resumes. As a founding principal and Director of Implementation Advisory for the international urban design firm PlaceMakers, LLC., Nathan brings a full range of experience in placemaking issues - urban design, law, coding, marketing, sales, events,
construction, architecture, development, management, advocacy and educational outreach.
He has worked with developers and municipalities to plan, entitle, develop and market neighborhoods, towns and cities. A licensed attorney and real estate broker, he has the rare combination of advocacy skills and real world development experience that have made him a compelling speaker and trusted advisor to communities interested in leveraging placemaking as
an economic development tool.
Nathan has travelled and worked extensively on a national level in the public and private
sectors. Nathan is a veteran, a Board member of the Transect Codes Council, and a certified
instructor for the National Association of Realtors. He received his undergraduate degree from
the University of Virginia and his law degree from the University of Alabama.
With Lafayette's Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Framework plan underway, the timing is just right to bring Nathan on to help complete plans and begin the next phases of implementation.
As previously announced, our long-time Executive Director, Cathy Webre announced her
retirement effective at the end of 2012 after 26 years of outstanding service and development.