Director of Economic Development Hired

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Director of Economic Development Hired

The Athens City Council unanimously approved the hiring of Joan Ahlers as Director of Economic Development Monday night. She is pictured above (from left to right) with Will Traxson (EDC Board President), Elizabeth Borstad (City Manager), Joan Ahlers (EDC Director), and Monte Montgomery (Mayor). 

The hiring process was conducted by a committee consisting of members of the City Council, City staff and Economic Development Corporation Board.

"She brings a wealth of knowledge that we need here," said City Manager Elizabeth Borstad.

EDC Board President Will Traxson said Ahlers stood out from the rest of the candidates.

"I really enjoyed her intelligence and great drive," said EDC Board President Will Traxson. "We are very blessed to have her and we are excited about what she is going to bring to Athens."

Ahlers comes to the City from a similar post in Los Alamos, New Mexico, but she has family ties to Athens.