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St. Pete development chief field narrows

— Fresh from choosing a new police chief, Mayor Rick Kriseman is close to naming a replacement for Rick Mussett, longtime city development administrator.

The appointment is important to the development of the city’s downtown, with the position overseeing city properties like Tropicana Field, Al Lang Stadium, Albert Whitted Airport, the city’s marina and port and Mahaffey Theater.

The successful applicant also will oversee the city’s real estate, planning and economic development and transportation and parking departments.

The appointment comes at a time when the city is planning to invest an additional $700,000 in economic development efforts and is joining with the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce on a study of how to bolster the city’s ability to attract companies that offer high-paying jobs.

Kriseman is scheduled to interview three applicants next week and may interview other candidates before making a final choice, according to the mayor’s office.

The three applicants scheduled for interviews are:

♦ Michael Chen, president of Urban Development and Mobility Solutions and a former urban development director for the city of Tampa❖ ❖ ❖

♦ Alan DeLisle, former executive director of the Louisville Downtown Partnership ❖ ❖ ❖

♦ James Moore, senior vice president of HDR, an architecture, engineering and consulting firm

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