July 30, 2020
The Mayor and City Council have appointed Rickelle Williams as the city’s new director of economic development. It is intended to facilitate economic recovery and serve as an important resource for local businesses.
“Rickelle is a seasoned and effective leader with an outstanding track record of successfully managing economic and community development initiatives,” said Jimmy Morales, City Manager. “We are very excited to have her join the team, especially at such a critical time as we are trying to recover from the effects of this global pandemic as soon as possible.”
In her most recent position, Williams was Executive Director at the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Since 2017, she has led various programs and initiatives for the rating agency, including the marketing of a successful 102-acre mixed-use development with over 1 million square feet of retail / dining, and an affordable housing program to help infill housing development and support to facilitate the down payment for low to middle income households. She also developed and implemented a rebranding initiative for the city of Dania Beach, led a variety of economic development programs, retail and housing improvement initiatives, training for the workforce, urban farms and gardens, capital projects, and more.
Through Williams’ active involvement with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Dania Beach CRA worked with Enterprise Florida, Inc., the Florida Department of Economic Opportunities, and the Broward County Office for Economic Development and Small Business Development to create an incentive package for Spirit Airlines of jobs to offer moving from Miramar to Dania Beach. Spirit is investing $ 250 million in a new Class A office center, operations center, and corporate housing. The move is also expected to move 1,000 jobs from Miramar to Dania Beach and create 225 new high-wage jobs.
Prior to joining Dania Beach CRA, Williams was an economic development manager with the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust, a Miami-Dade County agency. In this role, she developed and implemented initiatives to empower and prepare individuals and companies for economic success. Williams also worked as the coordinator of capital improvement projects in the city of Miami Gardens and administered a $ 60 million program in general debt for public institutions and infrastructure and technology for public safety. She also worked as a property development analyst with the Miami-Dade County’s Housing Finance Authority, which provides bond financing for affordable apartment buildings.
“I look forward to working with the City of Miami Beach team to develop and nurture the economy and promote a diverse and resilient business world,” added Rickelle Williams, newly appointed director of economic development.
Williams received a Masters in Public Administration from Florida International University and a Masters of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. Her professional qualifications include Project Management Professional and LEED Accredited Professional. Since 2014 she has also been an Associate Professor at Miami-Dade College, School of Business.