On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the board of directors for Atlanta BeltLine Inc. announced that Clyde Higgs was appointed to the role of president and chief executive officer, following an extensive national search.

Clyde has been serving in the interim CEO capacity for the last six months and has continued to provide stable stewardship of the organization since September 2015, when he joined the Beltline in the role of chief operating officer.

“Higgs’ leadership has served as a valuable asset during a critical time of transition for the Atlanta BeltLine Inc.,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms about Higgs appointment. “I look forward to continuing our work together in advancing the goals of this transformative project.”

In his short tenure as interim CEO, Higgs has ushered through several design and construction projects, such as the Southside Trail, Enota Park, and the Eastside Trail’s southern extension, according to a release from the Atlanta Beltline.

Higgs has also been instrumental in the acquisition of an old railroad line from Antioch Baptist Church North, a stretch of the corridor connecting the “Kudzu Line” with Northside Drive, and the ongoing procurement of a developer for Murphy Crossing job creation.

Additionally, he oversaw the ninth season of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, the production of 121 additional affordable housing units, community engagement for Subarea Master Plan updates, the launch of the IoT ATL Ag Tech pilot program, and the introduction of BeltLine University.

“It is an honor and a privilege to continue serving the people of Atlanta through a project that is fundamentally about providing access to opportunity,” Higgs said. “The Atlanta BeltLine is leveraging world-class infrastructure to advance mobility, economic development, and housing in a manner that helps pave the way for the city’s future and supports the Mayor’s vision of One Atlanta.”

Prior to joining the Beltline in 2015, Higgs served as the executive vice president of a collaborative, multi-billion dollar revitalization and economic development effort led by the state of North Carolina and real estate developer Castle & Cooke.

Today, Higgs continues to foster his commitment for equitable redevelopment and improving the overall quality of life for Atlanta residents through his appointments to the Boards of Trees Atlanta and the City of Atlanta’s Affordable Housing Commission, a release from the Atlanta Beltline read.

“(Higgs) stepped up to fill the role of Interim CEO in addition to his duties as the chief operating officer, seamlessly steering the organization through the transition,” said John Somerhalder, chairman of the ABI board of directors. “(His) leadership in moving the project forward, his focus on people and neighborhoods, and uplifting the Atlanta Beltline Inc. team give us confidence in his selection as the next Chief Executive Officer.”

Clyde Higgs has been named president and CEO of Atlanta Beltline Inc. (Photo: Atlanta Beltline Inc.)

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