Clark named to state downtown board

Ricky L. Clark Jr. has been named to the state of Georgia Downtown Association board of directors. (Special Photo: City of Jonesboro)

JONESBORO — Jonesboro City Manager Ricky Clark Jr. has been appointed to the state of Georgia Downtown Association board of directors.

According to its website, the GDA “is a non-profit association that promotes the economic redevelopment of Georgia’s traditional downtowns. Through advocacy, education and marketing, GDA works to focus the public’s attention on the value of downtown. GDA is an independent association that supports both public and private sector efforts targeted at enhancing Georgia’s downtowns.”

Clark, 33, has been a driving force behind Blueprint Jonesboro and the Livable Centers Initiative study, which is a competitive planning grant program for local governments and nonprofits trying to redevelop existing city centers, traffic corridors and transportation modes. Clark also was involved in efforts to redevelop the Tara Boulevard and Mountain View corridors while serving on the Development Authority of Clayton County.

Clark is an at-large board member of Aerotropolis Atlanta and a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Prior to joining the city of Jonesboro, Clark served as assistant city clerk of Union City, as well as county clerk and assistant to the county manager of Spalding County. Clark also is a graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 2017 Regional Leadership Institute.

In an RLI video, Clark said, “Sometimes you fail to step outside of your own bubble to realizing there’s a whole other world around you. What are you doing to influence that actual community?”

That love of community, Clark says, is why he enjoys his work for the city of Jonesboro.

“The mayor and I tag-team each other as if we’ve been friends for 100 years,” Clark said. “With our different walks of life, we form a perfect team, premised on the love of community.”

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