By John Schaffner

The Buckhead Community Improvement District (CID) announced Aug. 14 the selection of Jim Durrett as its next executive director, to succeed Scotty Greene, who announced his retirement last month following 10 years in the position.

Durrett, who takes over on Sept. 1, has most recently been executive director of the Livable Communities Coalition, a not-for-profit organization that promotes “smart growth” development in the Atlanta region.

A subcommittee of the Buckhead CID’s board selected Durrett following a national search. The full board will formalize the selection at its monthly meeting on Aug. 25.

“Jim’s selection represents Buckhead’s continuing transformation from a suburban to an urban, mixed-use, vertically developed area, with public infrastructure to support it,” said David Allman, chairman of the Buckhead CID board and a developer with Regent Partners LLC. Allman is also chairman of the Livable Communities Coalition.

Durrett serves on the steering committees of the Atlanta region’s Mixed Income Communities Initiative and the Urban Land Institute Atlanta Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing. He also chairs the advisory committee for the Georgia Council on Aging’s “Georgia for a Lifetime” initiative to address the needs and impacts of Georgia’s aging population.

Previously, Durrett served for five years as executive director of ULI’s Atlanta District Council. He also served as vice president of environmental affairs at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

“I have worked with Jim for 10 years and look forward to a successful transition,” Greene said. “With the next phase of the Peachtree Boulevard transformation underway, Jim is the right person to lead the CID.”

The Peachtree Boulevard transformation is the enhancement of a 1.7-mile stretch of Peachtree Road in Buckhead into what Greene and other members of the CID have touted as “a more livable, walkable, bikeable and drivable promenade.”

The Buckhead CID completed Phase I in 2007 and recently received funding for Phase II. The transformation of Peachtroad was the catalyst for the creation of the Buckhead CID in 1999.