City of Franklin 
300 Iberia Street 
Franklin, LA  70538 
Voice:  (337)828-3631 
info@franklin-la.com  

The City of Franklin Department of Community Development is responsible for supporting the community and voluntary sectors in Human Resource Management. Specifically, developers facilitate the building of healthy, sustainable, and empowered communities that are better equipped and skilled to tackle their local concerns and to relate positively with other communities.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STAFF

 

Arlana Shields
Director, Community Development/Main Street Program Manager

Voice:  337-828-6345
E-mail:  ashields@franklin-la.com

Responsibilities as Director: Capacity Building and Leadership

  • Provide assistance to increase skills and capacities of residents and organizations to plan and problem-solve issues
  • Facilitate action at local level to improve community conditions and outcomes
  • Design strategies to build relationships, address diverse needs, and manage complex community issues
  • Liaise with other service providers, business leaders and government organizations to address identified needs and achieve positive community change
  • Foster voluntary sector networks

Responsibilities of a Main Street Program Manager

  • Coordinate activities of Main Street Program Committees
  • Develop in conjunction with Board and committees, downtown revitalization strategies, ongoing public awareness and education programs
  • Assist business and property owners with business and property improvement projects
  • Serve as an advocate for downtown issues
  • Encourage a cooperative climate with other downtown or community organizations.
  • Build public-private partnerships
  • Win the hearts of minds of many; have thick skin

 


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