The Fred’s Nancy Price gets added job, new title

Nancy Price, current manager of the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, is the new executive director of the Peachtree City Tourism Association, city officials announced late Friday afternoon after The Citizen’s Peachtree City edition press time.

The decision was made at the monthly board meeting held Wednesday night, and approved by the City Council on Thursday night, according to a city news release sent via email at 4:04 p.m. Friday. The council had held a closed-to-the-public executive session following their meeting for a “personnel matter.”

Here’s the rest of the official news release:

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Price, who was hired in October 2008 by Peachtree City to manage The Fred, had previously worked as the Main Street director and as the Downtown Development director for the city of Fayetteville from 2001-2008.

During this time, she was responsible for the oversight of economic development and revitalization of the Main Street District as well as management of the Historic Train Depot and Welcome Center, the Holiday Dorsey Fife House Museum, the Hollingsworth House event facility and the Villages Amphitheater.

As Main Street Director, she also planned all of the major downtown events and festivals. During her six years in Fayetteville, she applied for and received grants to fund a pocket park, way-finding signage and marketing support.

For the last several months, the PCTA has carefully examined many options while they studied the best and most efficient manner to fill the executive director position, and remain fiscally responsible during these economically challenging times, said Kai Wolter, the PCTA’s chairman pro-tem.

Beginning June 1, Price will assume all tourism-related activities, but will continue to manage the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater. The city will provide all personnel services for the PCTA through an agreement between the city and the association, where the PCTA will reimburse the city for tourism-related functions. The amphitheater will remain under the city umbrella, and the Visitors Center will share space in the box office location at The Fred.

Wolter remarked, “We feel that by sharing space, the Visitors Center and The Fred will operate as efficiently as possible because not only will the office be shared, but the employees will be shared and cross-trained as well. The city complex on McIntosh Trail is really the heart of much of the tourist activity that takes place within our city. The Visitors Center will be able to service a greater number of people, as well as offer a more convenient location than we previously had. With the new location, we anticipate that we can utilize our ambassador volunteers and even expand the hours to include weekends. Nancy’s experience and connection with our community speaks for itself, and we are thrilled to name her as the new executive director of the PCTA.”

Price has resided in Peachtree City for 29 years with her husband Ron. She has three children and five grandchildren.

She is a member of the Peachtree City Rotary Club, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, past president of the American Heart Association, a graduate of Leadership Fayette, the recipient of the Chet Wells Award and a member of Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Price’s previous work experience includes marketing director for Regions Bank and special events coordinator for RMG Advertising. She also owned and operated her own promotions and special event company, Priceless Promotions.

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The above between the dotted lines is the news release from the city.

The PCTA has been embroiled in a power struggle with the City Council for several months over its direction and even its reason for existence. The chairman and the previous executive director resigned recently.

The naming of Price and her subsequent ratification by the council Thursday night seem to signal that the power struggle is over.

The Citizen’s columnist, Peachtree City businessman Scott Bradshaw, talked about some of the issues facing the PCTA and the council in a column March 2.

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Spring.......say what?

Everyone, do all his posts seem to kind of, maybe, almost make sense? After reading his thoughts, I feel like I'm in an extended happy hour. Perhaps we could all agree to simply skip over his posts, both in reading and especially in replying. It would make the message boards much simpler to follow.

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Re the Fred...who won the Open Mic night?

I went and left before the end...that said, I saw some pretty entertaining acts.

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Not surprised

Saw this coming when Nancy Price was hired at the Amphitheatre. Just wondering why other candidates weren't considered for this position???

If any of the decisions made at the amphitheatre reflect what she will do with the hotel/motel tax - then according to the Mayor - we can blaim him and the council!

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How certain jobs are filled

Almost all jobs of all kinds are filled by "networking."

It is rare when a job is filled by any other method.
For instance, Superintendents of County Schools are usually selected from their own organization and in most instances have very flowery resumes on file---correct and full or not.

Same for City Police Chiefs. Two or three pensions are at stake here usually. Just as County Sheriff nominees are selected from the one recommended by the retiring sheriff.

Now I don't know the name of the organization that such people as recreation directors, authority managers, City Managers, etc., are drawn from, but I will bet it exists.
A city simply doesn't hire from within very much or go after a really smart one some other town doesn't want to lose.

I think we know how judges are nominated or selected.

We hate to admit just how much pensions enter into such things (retired military for instance as lobbyists, or even for inexperienced managers.)
Politics of course is a given.

Also, generally they don't snitch on one another as protection.

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Tourism Association

Is there anyone in this city's government that can honestly state that this highly suspicious association is simply nothing more than a drain to the city's coffers? I guess old Bernie has won the battle to maintain his hold on Peachtree City's beauracracy in spite of the outcry over a $92K salaried director with nothing to direct.

A move by Council to defund it would be a lot simpler, but we are talking about government, aren't we?

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H/M must be distributed through such an organization. That allows money to be added to, not taken from, the coffers.

The old Tennis Center fiasco is being paid off using H/M money, NOT your property tax or sales tax money. Once that is paid then that amount will become part of the city coffers as well.

Eliminating the H/M is how you defund Tourism. That means now you, the taxpayers, will directly pay for the Tennis Center debt and will have to replace the around $400,000.00 being added to the General Fund from the H/M.

The hotels, retail and other groups support the organization because it promotes their businesses and bring customer into PTC. They just wanted a better organization, which they are now getting. Municipal governments cannot do that directly by law. That is why Tourism was created by the State government.

Next legislative cycle we will change the H/M program we are under and PTC will get even a better return with the new versatility allowed.

We have done a lot more than change the Executive Director. We are not done yet.

Bernie has NO control over Tourism. Absolutely NONE. Tourism answers directly to Council.

We are a different kind of Mayor and Council as regards governing. By Charter and job description the City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer of daily operations. He reports to the Mayor who is the City Supervisor and Chief Executive Officer. I do my job. Council, as well, is doing its job, meaning exercising its role of being the Executive and Legislative body. The City Manager is not as 'in charge' as you think with us.

What you are proposing is anything but simple or beneficial.

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Nice explanation Don..

I have friends who work in the Travel Business, live in PTC and contribute to the community....this entity does a good job for PTC. Keep up the good work.

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Don,

No one is denying that what you have done in less than five months is substantially more than the two previous mayors combined, but understand that the association is an entity designed to absorb tax revenues plain and simple. No amount of posturing by you changes this. Please check your figures because the city's website the H/M tax revenues were less than the $400K last year.

Defunding, or eliminating the H/M tax will force you as the Chief Executive Officer to live within the current tax structure. You were denied a SPLOST because as an organization our city government cannot control its spending(among other things). Should you raise property taxes while protecting 'staff' you run the risk of earning more ire than either Brown or Logsdon and frankly, I don't see it happening. I could be wrong.

By the way, times are still pretty tough outside government. How much of a pay raise did you approve for this director?

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It is easy to use cliches, Mike, but I am dealing with reality.

My figures are fine. H/M gets distributed to more than one area. You are refusing to understand not one penny is coming from PTC property owners or Sales Tax receipts for Tourism. PTC residents and businesses are benefiting from H/M via increased Sales Tax revenues due to customers drawn to PTC and direct contribution to the General Fund, among other things.

We are trying to live within our current tax structure, which includes H/M. You are wanting to cut it and thus transfer the City portion gained to property owners as a cost and as well suffer a reduction in tourist and convention income due to the loss of Tourism activities. We are moving it to a structure that is even more beneficial to PTC.

No disrespect intended buy you keep making assumption after assumption that is false.

We are not overstaffed, but understaffed. We do not have 24 being paid $100,000.00. Try about 10, including those in the 90 bracket. We do not pay more than the private sector, but less, as was confirmed yet again by an Actuary at the Tuesday Workshop. We are not giving pay raises and have cut benefits.

We do not have any big cuts left to make, after about $5 million in cuts already done and the significant improves in efficiencies accomplished, to balance the Budget and maintain services. We cannot postpone any additional infrastructure or related expenditures, when in fact some of the prior postponed are now coming back as must do, like a $300,000.00 fire engine. That approximate $3.3 million of Debt Service we pay each year contributes absolutely nothing to services received during the year, but it is a cost of about 1.86 mils on the taxpayers.

Since the Budget process last year, which was more of an election campaign issue than serious economics, Sales Tax and even the Tax Digest (property tax) have continued to decline. But costs sure have not stopped.

We are at the bone and it is either use some of the Reserve and maybe raise taxes or cut services. 75% in the Survey said a .250 raise was understandable and acceptable. Other communications since show an understanding of were we are and a desire to raise taxes a little rather than to cut services.

Now, tell me, which services do you want to cut? Just to be fair there is no will in PTC to cut fire, police, code or employees pay or benefits more. There is a desire to hire more police and code. There is some willingness to cut Rec but as well some strong opposition. Just wanted to say that upfront so you don't think I am trying to get you to make a declaration you might regret.

The failures of the last number of years to act are square on us now. A lot of money was wasted that could have gotten us through this but now cannot be recovered.

We are at crunch time on decision making. No more can kicking.

On your 'by the way' question, we combined the Fred and Director jobs and are paying about almost 25% less than just what the old Director made total. As well we eliminated another full time job. So, yet again you made a bad assumption, Mike. That is around $150,000.00 in reductions at least.

What one thinks they see outside of government and what they actually find when in government are two very different things, as some have discovered recently.

If you want that learning curve give it a try again in the future.

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Mr Mayor,

Since this information was released to the Citizen as info from a closed session, my rationale (not assumption as I make few) was that the former Tourism Director was salaried at $92K. Now as you say, if by eliminating yet another position you are saving $150K, then you must have fired Bernie, otherwise your math is lacking.

It is my position that your police is far too large, the Fire Department to a lesser degree. There is a will in our town to cut services and employees that we currently can not afford, in spite of what you claim. The facts are that Peachtree City is nearly at build out, the number school age children are in decline, and your population in general is aging. Face it, you and I are closer to the average age of Peachtree City residents than at any time since we've been here. Why the hell is Peachtree City still one of America's best places to retire?

The fact is that we are in a fiscal calamity, and outside an economic boom it will not get better. You can either reduce your mounting costs or you can continue to kick it down the road. My way has proven to work, yours are in line with those before you.

I am in need of a cooling off.

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Aging..

I get what you are trying to say, but have you in fact checked the Elementary Schools, etc for enrollment figures? I have not...it would be interesting to see what we find out.

As far as Police/Fire..I agree with Don and others, don't cut them.

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I'm No Actuary, But I Would

think that with any downturn in the economy as severe as ours has been for the last few years, there will be fewer children in schools everywhere within the next 10-15 years, as many couples will have had to decide that they can't afford the family they want due to the lack jobs to support and money to raise them. I take no position on that, I just think it will be reflected in the enrollments going forward.

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Allow Me...

"Our town....."your population is aging".....well, gee, which is it? Our town, our population, or your town, your population? Don't think it can be both...

Um, tell me, whose population is NOT aging? Let me know quickly, and I'll run there before I take my next fountain of youth pill.

Someone is having comprehension problems here. Reduce your mounting costs..I think that was just spelled out out you, what don't you understand about the Mayor's response to you?

I do believe PTC is one of the best places to retire DUE to the safety afforded us by our PD and Fire Dept.

Your wife must have had a wonderful Mother's Day.

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aging population.
PTCGOIL wrote:

"Our town....."your population is aging".....well, gee, which is it? Our town, our population, or your town, your population? Don't think it can be both...

Um, tell me, whose population is NOT aging? Let me know quickly, and I'll run there before I take my next fountain of youth pill.

The state of Georgia, as a whole, has a population with an average age of 33. It has stayed relatively constant for 25 years.

Fayette county, however, has trended much higher for 10 years now, with an average age of population of about 40. The population average is highest in Brooks (42).

This is due primarily to the amount of upscale housing in the area, younger people simply cannot afford to live here. Normally, empty nesters typically downsize once their children have left home, however, the amenities in Fayette are so great that people tend to live in their McMansions much longer than in other counties.

As an aside, these empty nesters have been a disaster for the Board of Education, which traditionally counted on a steady stream of kindergartners entering the system each year. As the average population age rose from 36 to 40, we've seen fewer and fewer new elementary students in the schools. This makes sense when you think about it...many women are still having babies at age 27 (State average 33 minus 6 years to get to kindergarten) but far fewer are giving birth at 34 (Fayette average 40 minus 6).

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Chrisp b...

Thanks for the retort. It is enlightening to see that there are others who possess the ability to think and realize things beyond the end of their respective noses. Who knows, you may make a liberal out of me yet.

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We agree on this Goil...

PTC is a very nice place to live due largely in part to what the Police/Fire Department add to our fair City.

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Mike King

I hope you will consider running again for city council next time around. I think you really consider all sides of each issue, which could only benefit PTC.

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A director of an Authority...

may have a conflict also managing a city Amphitheater.
I don't know this new Director but what is it that was done in downtown Fayetteville and at our Amphitheater over the last few years under their direction that warranted a promotion?
It is good to maybe save a little money combining a job but isn't the idea to have a successful enterprise?
The Amphitheater recently has had grubby talent and poor (less than half) attendance mostly due to a one-night stand.
I don't know what purpose those old houses in Fayetteville serve and I have seen little development that didn't fail in downtown Fayetteville! Even the strip up 85 to the Pavilion (not downtown) is sad. The Pavilion is crime ridden.
Can't we hire pros that we don't buddy with for some of these jobs?
Getting as bad as picking judges, and local politicians.

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Ms. Price seems very professional to me

Over the years, I have had to be several places where Ms. Price interacted with the group. Seems as professional as they get to me. Any question asked gets a straight and well thought out mature response. Clearly she is a giant leap forward in professionalism. I am giving it 12 months and then thinking she could move up another rung by absorbing one or two more positions. It is amazing what a real work ethic can do for a group of people.

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And Bonker$

Surfaces again.

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Haddix: Director

Fayetteville has a DDA (Downtown Development Authority), PTC had a Development authority. Big difference.

Tourism has nothing to do with development, DAPC is in charge of those issues.

Fayetteville and PTC have very different priorities. Mayor and Council set those priorities and authorities carry them out.

There is no conflict. The Fred has a natural tie-in with Tourism.

You cannot compare Fayetteville and PTC in these areas.

As well the Executive Director in PTC works for a Board of Directors, one of whom is a Council Member or the Mayor. Then all answer to the Mayor and Council.

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"Mayor and Council set those priorities"

"and authorities carry them out."

So, The mayor and council ordered the tennis center loan and the tennis pro made the loan?

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Spring, funny that you

Spring, funny that you mention judge and Mrs. Price in the comparison.