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City of Bloomington Selects Community Development Director

Bloomington - City Manager Jamie Verbrugge has selected Eric A. Johnson to be Bloomington’s next Community Development Director. Johnson has an extensive background in urban development and redevelopment, housing, real estate, and community leadership and engagement.

“Eric is the best person to lead the department and we are excited to have him join the City of Bloomington,” said Verbrugge.  “He has a broad and diverse resume, working in different regions of the country and an impressive academic background.”

Johnson has been managing urban redevelopment issues for public, private and nonprofit sectors as the principal of his consulting firm, Urban Regeneration Advisors, and as part of a national consulting network, Tripp Umbach, where he serves as senior consultant and special advisor on projects related to real estate market studies, economic impact analysis and urban development strategy. He is former Chief Development Officer for Horizon Development in Charlotte, NC, and has held real estate director and management positions for the Cleveland Port Authority, OH, and the City of Charlotte, NC. He was also the Director of Housing & Urban Improvement in Pompano Beach, FL.

Johnson earned his PhD in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware, a Masters of Public Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a B.A. in Political Science from Washburn University in Topeka, KS. He is an alumnus of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate.

"I’m honored to be Bloomington’s next Community Development Director,” Johnson said. “I look forward to working with the community and its stakeholders as it strengthens its ‘One Bloomington’ narrative."

Johnson will fill a vacancy left open by former Community Development Director Larry Lee who retired last fall after nearly 40 years with the City. His first day as Community Development Director will be March 19.