Former director left in December 2011 to head Boise agency.
“We have selected the most qualified candidate from a national pool of exceptional applicants,” says Gainesville City Manager Russ Blackburn. “In Anthony, the CRA will have a proven leader who knows Gainesville, and can hit the ground running without missing a beat.”
Lyons left the Gainesville position in December 2011 to become the executive director of the Capital City Development Corp.
Lyons will return to the CRA in mid-February. He replaces Kelly Fisher, who left the position because her husband got an out-of-town job.
While in Boise, Lyons supervised economic development, capital improvement projects and development and planning activities, while managing an annual budget of more than $23 million. His previous experience includes tenure as the first executive director of Main Street Claremont in Claremont, N.H.
Key development projects in which the Gainesville CRA is expected to continue its leading role include Innovation Square, Depot Park, the Power District, University Corners and additional development in the downtown area.