City Names DCAO for Economic and Community Development

Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today that Peter H. Chapman has accepted the position of Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Economic and Community Development. This position reports directly to the Chief Administrative Officer and the appointment will be effective as of July 13, 2009.

Chapman, will have oversight responsibility for the Economic and Community Development portfolio, which includes the Departments of Economic Development and Community Development and the Offices of Minority Business Enterprise and Real Estate Services. Chapman will also be responsible for fostering and maintaining the City's partnership with the East District Initiative, Community and Economic Development Authorities, Greater Richmond Planning Commission, Greater Richmond Partnership, Port of Richmond, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Richmond Metropolitan Authority, and the Greater Richmond Transit Company.

"I am pleased to announce that Peter Chapman will be joining our team," said Mayor Jones. "His prior experience with local government as well as his broad range of expertise with community development and finance will be instrumental in helping us to implement important initiatives here in the City of Richmond."

Previously a key economic development advisor to Mayor John Hickenlooper of Denver, Colorado; Chapman presently serves as Executive Director of Seedco Financial-Denver, a national Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). He has more than 20 years of urban development experience. With the Hickenlooper administration, he oversaw a large portfolio of City and quasi-municipal agencies such as the Office of Economic Development, the Denver Housing Authority and the Office of Cultural Affairs. He has a bachelor's degree in English literature from Wesleyan University and a master's degree in public policy from Tufts University.

"Peter's urban development experience will serve the Richmond community well and I want to salute Mayor Jones for making such a superb choice," Mayor Hickenlooper said. "Peter has been a leading force behind many of Denver's most creative and significant neighborhood revitalization initiatives in recent years and we will miss his presence and his leadership in the Denver area."

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110