Ms. Coffee has more than 23 years of experience in Economic Development and Downtown Redevelopment. As the Economic Initiatives Director for the City of Tucson, she leads business attraction, retention/expansion and small business and entrepreneurial development for a city of more than 530,000. She has helped communities across Texas and Arizona revitalize their downtown areas and aging commercial districts. Her grassroots community-driven approach has helped cities engage residents, merchants, public officials and future investors in the creation of downtown plans with broad-based support. In addition, her experience with business attraction and retention programs has been recognized in Goodyear, AZ where she was responsible for more than 3 million sf of commercial development. Ms. Coffee has served as the International Council of Shopping Center’s (ICSC) State Alliance Co-Chair for AZ-NM and GA. As Director of Economic Development in College Park, GA, she assisted in the formation of the first community improvement district surrounding Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Interntaional Airport and assisted the creation of the city’s first entrepreneurial development center, Club E, a public-private partnership effort to assist start-ups. Ms. Coffee served as Director of Economic Development & Tourism in Henderson, NV from 2013-2019 where she was successful in recruiting companies like Turano Baking Co, Barclays, and The Raiders. Ms. Coffee brings a great deal of passion, creativity and enthusiasm to her economic development pursuits.
Specialties: Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)