The buzz in City Hall has Economic Development Director Donald Eversley segueing out of his role within the next few weeks as city leaders settle on a replacement. Word is Eversley will stay on for a while working on some special projects in conjunction with the business community.
Rumors about Eversley have swirled for months as several community interests have expressed frustration with the pace of development projects, including the Steel Point redevelopment area on the East Side that has been 30 years in the making. Eversley was appointed by Mayor Bill Finch in July of 2008. City officials have expressed optimism they can move the needle on the Steel Point project including an announcement for a major tenant this summer.
On paper Eversley has an accomplished background: Brown University and graduate of Penn Law School. Prior to Bridgeport he served for nearly four years as president of the Providence Economic Development Partnership. His Bridgeport critics, however, say he’s disengaged from the job, with little enthusiasm for the task.
A few months ago Ed Lavernoich, the city’s number-two development official, left the city after 26 years of service to become development chief in Trumbull.
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