Has anyone met the city’s new Economic Development Director Don Eversley? What’s going on with Steelpointe? What happened to the Canyon-Johnson project, ballyhooed by Earvin Magic Johnson, in the South End? Does anyone know how to play this game?
I don’t know Eversley, a former development official in Providence post Mayor Buddy Cianci, but if his goal is performing the finest Claude Rains act on the planet he’s doing a mighty fine job. I prefer he reprise Rains’ Captain Renault role in Casablanca. Round up the usual suspects.
That means introducing yourself to the community–City Council members, business interests, political leaders. Maybe even whiners like me.
Hey, I know, we’ll invite him to the next OIB party I’m planning for late September. If we see an unaccompanied drink floating around we’ll know the invisible director’s there.
Yes, I’ve heard about some family health issues he’s been dealing with, I’m not insensitive to that. But Eversley should have been paraded at a meet and greet within days after his hiring announcement.
Eversley seems to have a credentialed background. The development office has been rudderless (to no fault of development staff) since Bill Finch’s inauguration last December 1. That’s because the mayor turned Nancy Hadley, Johnny Fabs’ director, into a lame duck, despite Hadley getting some things done. Told her she was being replaced. That’s not unusual, new mayors generally want to hire their own development person. Then it took the city eight months to find a replacement.
The city’s on the precipice of a major financial meltdown, the likes of which it hasn’t seen since the early 1990s. Part of the solution, short and long term, is a nimble development director that can guide the city’s higher profile projects to completion.
The Donald watch is on.
Speaking of Steelpointe, OIB poster Eddie Palmieri took me to task for not highlighting State Rep. Andres Ayala’s mega-win over Lydia Martinez on Tsunami Tuesday. No argument here. Ayala, former City Council president, was not crazy about some of the details passed in the Steelpointe development deal regarding working wages, etc. The union effort to pull out the vote for Ayala was enormous.
Baldwin Plaza Party Tonight
The Downtown Community Council Presents:
The Downtown BeePo Hillbilly BBQ on Baldwin Plaza @ 6:30pm
Music by The Long Goodbyes (Rockabilly)
and DJ Cletus “Cougar” Rodgerson
Movie: Jesco White: Dancing Outlaw
Grub: Elvis’ Special Recipe Baloney BBQ