Mayor Fischer Names Jim Mims Director of Develop Louisville

September 8, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer has named Jim Mims as Director of Develop Louisville, a department within Louisville Forward, the city’s new integrated approach to economic and community development.

Since 2009, Mims served as Director of Codes and Regulations, where he made great strides in reducing the number and backlog of the vacant lots and streamlining the rezoning process within Planning and Design Services.  He was a driving force in implementing the online permitting system now used in Construction Review, making it more efficient for companies to do business.

As Director of Develop Louisville, Mims will focus on the daily aspects of real estate, planning and land acquisition for Develop Louisville.  

“Jim’s successful background in development and building combined with his public sector leadership will continue to move Louisville in the right direction,” Fischer said.  “Economic development success is frequently correlated with land use and real estate and Jim along with the entire Louisville Forward team will work hard to provide Louisville a competitive edge for business to grow.”

Mims began his professional career as a landscape architect in the city of Ocala, Florida.  Prior to joining Louisville Metro Government, he was a partner at BTM Engineering, Inc from 1981 to 2004, then joined Hagan Properties. 

“Jim brings a rich combination of both private and public sector experience to this position,” said Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Chief of Louisville Forward, “I know we share the same enthusiasm for what lies ahead and I look forward to working together to realize our bold vision for the built environment in Louisville.”

Develop Louisville focuses on the full range of land development activities, including planning and design, vacant property initiatives, advanced planning, housing & community development programs, permits and licensing, land acquisition, public art and clean and green sustainable development partnerships.  Develop Louisville also serves the city’s planning commission among many others.

 “I look forward to collaborating with Mayor Fischer, Chief Wiederwohl and the Directors of Develop Louisville to enhance the quality of place and quality of life in our city,” Mims said.  

Mims will continue to serve and function on all seven architectural review committees and the landmarks commission. 

He replaces Interim Director, Bill Schreck who retired.