City Council approves Craig Taylor as new CPED head

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August 1, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The City Council unanimously approved Mayor Betsy Hodges' nomination of Craig Taylor to become the next director of the city's Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) department at its meeting today. 

Taylor will begin the job Aug. 29. He has served as the executive director of the Office for Business & Community Development and the Business & Technology Center at the University of Minnesota for the past 12 years. 

Hodges said Taylor has a "deep passion and abiding love for the City of Minneapolis" at this morning's Council meeting. 

Taylor has worked for the city before in the Office of Women & Minority Business Enterprise, serving as its interim director for two years. He has also served on several boards for nonprofits and organizations, including the Vikings Stadium Authority-Implementation Committee and the National Association of Minority Contractors.

"The opportunity to serve my community in a key leadership role at CPED is not only an honor and a privilege but, I am inspired at the thought of being in a position that will be instrumental in contributing to the success and future of our city,” Taylor said in a statement today. 

Taylor succeeds Jeremy Hanson Willis in the position, who has gone on to a job as deputy commissioner for workforce development for the State of Minnesota. 

CPED has four divisions — Long Range Planning, Housing Development and Policy, Economic Development and Policy, and Development Services.