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May 12, 2008


Albany --  The City of Albany will lose a valuable asset when Albany's Community and Economic Development Director leaves at the end of the week.  

In just two and a half years with the city, Jennifer Clark did a lot to create more affordable housing.    

She spearheaded development of the Enclave at Oglethorpe, which will include 44-single family Townhomes. Clark also pushed the city to sell hundreds of properties left vacant after the floods, so they could be re-developed.

Shortly after Clark started, she bailed the city out of a bind with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

"We were in danger of losing authority through HUD and home programs because we had not managed them well," says Assistant City Manager James Taylor. "Because of her experience and expertise and relationship with HUD, she was abel to get us past those."

Clark will become the Director of Community Development in Independence, Missouri. The city is now searching for Clark's replacement.

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