By John Schaffner
The Buckhead Community Improvement District (CID) is losing its first and only executive director, Scotty Greene, who has decided to step down Sept. 1 and reflect on what might be next for the public policy professional.
“I am at a point in my career, with 10 years in this position, it was time personally and professionally to stir up other interests and step back and reflect overall on public policy, which has been a lifelong avocation,” Greene told the Buckhead Reporter in a June 9 phone conversation from Paris, where he was vacationing with his wife.
“So, at the ripe old age of almost 57, and with the completion of the Peachtree Road project, … I just felt it was a good time to take a break,” said the man who led the CID’s funding and land purchase efforts, as well as dealing with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to move the streetscape project forward.
“I have had a good run with the Buckhead community and with the (CID) board,” Greene added. “We have Peachtree on the cusp of being funded. I am virtually certain, although I don’t have any guarantees.”
The Buckhead CID expects to get the green light on the second phase of the project that is transforming Peachtree Road into a grand boulevard, and the “shovel-ready” project is thought to be well-positioned for the next round of federal stimulus money.
Asked if he has planned for a future position, Greene said: “I just want to sit back and sit out another political cycle and reflect and think and maybe offer an opinion or two and write. Just to take a pause. After 35 years of résumé writing and job hunting, I have decided to give it a pause.”
Greene said he definitely is not planning to run for any Atlanta City Council seat — not Anne Fauver’s Dist. 6 post or Mary Norwood’s at-large Post 2, both of which are opening up. “I’ve been there and done that,” he said, referring to serving on a city council in Kentucky years ago. “I will always have an active interest in nurturing cities, but elective office is not on the radar.”
He also is no longer going to serve as executive director of the Buckhead Alliance, saying, “The Buckhead Alliance has taken on sort of a low-profile situation.” He said he is taking “a controlled step back from everything I am heading up on a local scene right now … sort of a self-imposed retreat, if you will, to recharge my batteries and get some oxygen in my lungs.”
Greene said: “Ever since college, I have had a wide-ranging interest in public policy and public affairs, and I miss some of those primary resources — the reading and reflecting and the things that got me here. And I just felt it was time to take a break.
“I had 10 great years in a remarkable place in the city. But it was time to step back and see what occurs to me in the next year or so.”
The CID board has hired search firm Egon Zehnder to find Greene’s successor.
CID Chairman David Allman has indicated the organization may broaden its focus from transportation and Peachtree Road to quality-of-life initiatives.