Deborah Bilitski
Deborah Bilitski

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer‘s office has hired a new director of Develop Louisville.

Assistant County Attorney Deborah Bilitski will take over the role effective April 25, replacing the division’s inaugural director Jim Mims, according to a news release.

“It’s an honor to be selected for this position and to serve the citizens of Louisville,” Bilitski said in the release. “Develop Louisville touches the lives of so many citizens on issues that are critically important to Louisville.”

Develop Louisville is a division of the city’s economic development department Louisville Forward. The division focuses on land development, including planning and design, vacant property initiatives, housing and community development programs, permits and licensing, public art and green development.

Bilitski previously served as assistant county attorney representing the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment, and prior to working in the county attorney’s office, Bilitski led the real estate and lending team at Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Louisville School of Law.

“Deborah has deep knowledge in land use, planning and zoning, having worked in that subject area since graduating from law school in 1995,” Fischer said in the release. “She is also committed to civic service, from her leadership on the board at the National Association of Women Business Owners, to her service on the Louisville Downtown Management District, and the Home Builders Association of Louisville.”

As for Mims, the release simply states that he is leaving Develop Louisville and returning to the private sector. Prior to serving as director of Develop Louisville, Mims was the director of codes and regulations for Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government. He also previously was a landscape architect in Florida and a partner at BTM Engineering.

“Jim has been an excellent leader and has made Develop Louisville a more nimble, customer-focused agency,” Fischer said in the release. “As he returns to the private sector, our city owes him a debt of gratitude for making Louisville a better place.”

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]


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