New College Park manager: City should be celebrated

College Park City Manager Terrence Moore

College Park City Manager Terrence Moore

— The new city manager in College Park, Terrence Moore, looks at the city’s assets and sees many attributes that should be “celebrated and marketed on a global scale.”

Among those attributes, according to city officials, are Southwest Airlines’ new call center, the proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, 867 historic sites, Woodward Academy and the collection of Coca-Cola, Sysco Foods and Buckhead Beef in College Park’s new Main Street Opportunity Zone.

Other unmentioned attributes include numerous hotels and the Georgia International Convention Center.

The responsibility of maximizing the benefits from those attributes will fall to Moore, who was introduced to the College Park community on March 4 by the City Council and Mayor Jack Longino.

“As an intown suburb of Atlanta, College Park offers tremendous opportunity in the way of economic development, growth management, infrastructure improvement such that the city can benefit in the short- and long-term outlook,” said Moore in a written statement.

Moore resigned from his previous job as the Morgantown, W.Va., city manager at the end of January to take his new position in College Park, according to a Jan. 29 report in The State Journal newspaper. He had been Morgantown’s city manager since 2010, according to the news report.

During his tenure in Morgantown, the city imposed a ban on smoking in public establishments and Moore, as well as other city leaders, had to address the impact on West Virginia University’s move from the Big East to the Big XII athletic conference, according to The State Journal.

Morgantown Mayor Jim Manilla told the newspaper at the time that one of Moore’s successes in the city was his work with neighborhood groups, whose meetings he attended.

“I think that Terrence has done some good things,” Manilla told The State Journal. “One in particular that stands out is his communication with the neighborhood associations.”

In a written statement, Longino said that kind of involvement will make Moore a “good fit” for College Park.

“He has the personality and charisma to move this city forward,” Longino said.

Prior to his tenure in West Virginia, Moore was the Las Cruces, N.M., city manager for nearly six years, according to a statement from College Park officials. He also worked for the cities of Sebastian, Fla.; Deerfield, Fla., Peoria, Ill. and Chicago, according to the city’s statement.

He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois, where he studied economics and public administration, according to a biography released by College Park.

Moore won the Model Administrator/Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Society for Public Administrators in May 2006.

“I am thrilled to have Terrence Moore as College Park’s new City Manager,” Longino said. “He brings cohesive strategies that I feel will accelerate momentum for current and future development projects.”