The Aiken Municipal Development Commission voted on Tuesday to hire Dr Tom Hallman as a program director, a job that requires former USC Chancellor Aiken to engage community members, government officials and commercial actors with the aim of promoting the economic development objectives of the city.
Hallman will report to the Aiken Municipal Development Commission and is not considered a full-time city employee – rather, he is a long-term consultant. His contract will last one year, according to Keith Wood, the chairman of the commission. It could be extended.
Wood declined to comment on Hallman’s salary. But a request for funding made by the Aiken Municipal Development Commission in early March indicated a project manager expense of $ 40,000. The same request described the position as an independent contractor.
Hallman was one of three interviewees for the post, which has gained traction in recent weeks. More than three people were interested in the job, according to Wood.
Hallman said in a statement he was “delighted to have this opportunity to continue my work with AMDC and this far-reaching economic development effort.” It is a challenging and exciting task that holds great promise for our community today and in the future. “
Hallman recently facilitated strategic planning sessions with city officials.
Wood said Hallman was chosen because of his years of experience and his close connection to Aiken.
“His knowledge of the plan, our community and the strategies needed to implement it is a perfect match for what we are looking for to ensure the achievement of our vision for the town of Aiken,” the commission chair said in a statement. . Aiken City Council this year adopted a new economic development strategy and related analysis, in which the commission participated.
The Aiken Municipal Development Commission was established in 2019 to accelerate Aiken’s growth projects and priorities. City council members have so far been satisfied with the performance of the commission.