RAPHAEL CLEMENTE APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF WEST PALM BEACH DOWTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

After serving as interim director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for more than a year, Raphael Clemente has been officially promoted to the position of executive director.

Online PR News – 13-December-2011 – – WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2011) -- After serving as interim director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for more than a year, Raphael Clemente has been officially promoted to the position of executive director. On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the DDA’s board voted to appoint Clemente as the executive director of the DDA, which is an independent special taxing district that serves the Downtown West Palm Beach area. Its mission is to make Downtown West Palm Beach a great place to live, work, and play through the strategic implementation of plans and programs that enhance and promote the area.

“Creating a vibrant, successful Downtown for residents, business owners and visitors has been my focus for the past several years, and it’s encouraging to know I have the support and confidence of the board going forward,” Clemente said. “Downtown West Palm Beach has all the qualities of a great city and the DDA will capitalize on those to continue the momentum that has been built over the past few years.”

Clemente, who holds a master’s degree in urban planning, first joined the DDA in early 2006 as its urban planning and services director and was quickly promoted to associate director. In August of 2010, he assumed the role of interim executive director due to the prolonged illness of executive director Melissa Wohlust, who had held the position since 2006.

DDA board chairman Bruce Lewis said that Clemente had done an outstanding job and proved himself as more than capable of assuming a leadership role in the 18 months since he stepped in for Wohlust, who officially resigned in November after being on long-term disability.

“Raphael’s insight, passion and dedication to the downtown district is unequalled. He can assume this role without a hitch, as he has all of the key relationships and institutional knowledge of Downtown’s strengths and challenges,” said Lewis. “He has shown the same kind of consensus-building leadership Melissa Wohlust established in this role, and both the DDA itself and Downtown’s stakeholders are the beneficiaries of this exemplary approach. There’s no question in our minds that we have selected the right person to steer the ship.”

For more information about Downtown West Palm Beach, contact the DDA at
(561) 833-8873 or visit www.wpbgo.com or www.westpalmbeachdda.com.

About the Downtown Development Authority
The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities.

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