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The Centre City Development Corp. (CCDC) is holding a series of public discussions focusing on the role and qualities of the next CCDC president and chief operating officer.

The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. at CCDC's office, located in the Wells Fargo Plaza Building, 401 B St., Suite 400, in downtown San Diego, said CCDC spokeswoman Jamee Lynn Smith.

Former CCDC president Nancy Graham, who was on unpaid Family Medical Leave while caring for her mother in Nashville, Tenn., resigned July 24 after determining her mother’s health does “not seem to be improving sufficient for me to consider leaving ... safely.”

Under policy direction of the CCDC board of directors, the president provides leadership and direction in the planning, implementation and administration of downtown redevelopment programs and projects, Smith said.

The CCDC is the public, nonprofit corporation created by the city of San Diego in 1975 to staff, plan and implement downtown’s redevelopment. The efforts of the CCDC include the facilitation of retail, residential, office, hotel, cultural, educational and public-improvement projects.

An ad hoc committee of the CCDC board consists of Jennifer LeSar, Kim John Kilkenny and Janice Brown. The committee welcomes comments regarding the characteristics and responsibilities of the new CCDC President, Smith said.

The input will be considered, as the job description is prepared prior to the start of recruitment, Smith said.

Several additional meetings will be held in September for the same purpose.

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