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Johns Creek hires Ben Song as Community Development Director

July 30, 2019

Johns Creek hired Ben Song as the city’s new Community Development Director. Song comes to the City of Johns Creek from Gwinnett County Government where he was the Director for the Real Estate and Records Management Division. 
He previously served as the Community Development Director for the City of Brookhaven and has extensive local government, planning, and land use experience. Song held supervisory roles overseeing land use, zoning, and real estate in Gwinnett County Government and in the cities of Peachtree Corners and Brookhaven. Earlier in his career, Song served as a Planner III in Johns Creek.
“Ben’s familiarity with the City of Johns Creek coupled with his decade-plus experience across other cities and counties make him a fit for Johns Creek and the needs of our community,” said Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker. 
While with Gwinnett County Government, Song supervised the Real Estate and Records Management division which operated a multi-million dollar budget and oversaw land acquisition projects and the purchase and disposition of County property. At the City of Brookhaven, Song started as the Planning and Zoning Manager but was rapidly promoted to Deputy Director of Community Development and eventually to the Community Development Director position. 
“I’m confident Ben’s results-driven leadership and land use and zoning proficiency will help keep our city in step with our Comprehensive Plan and strategically guide the department forward,” said Police Chief and Acting City Manager Ed Densmore. “He possesses the right experience to implement the community’s vision and guide appropriate development and opportunities in our city.” 
An active member of the American Planning Association and the Georgia Planning Association, Song oversaw the adoption of the City of Brookhaven’s first Comprehensive Plan, directed and processed the annexation of approximately 160 acres of land for the city, and improved the city’s building permit review process. 
“I am passionate about planning and land use and I am quite familiar with building consensus within the community through transparent and active civic engagement,” said Song. “My goal is to provide honest and reliable guidance in order to better the community, deliver excellent customer service, and promote a strong system of accountability.”
A proponent of transparent and open public participation, Song began his career in 2007 in the Department of Planning and Development with Gwinnett County Government. Song holds a B.A. in sociology and public policy from the University of Toronto and also has a masters in planning and economic development from Georgia State University.