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January 21, 2014

Jan. 21, 2014

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SeanGilbert350Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) has announced the hiring of Sean Gilbert, who will start on February 17 as the senior vice president of housing.

“KCDC has a solid industry reputation as a forward-thinking leader. I am very excited to join the innovative team in Knoxville,” Gilbert said.

Gilbert will direct the management, maintenance and renovation of KCDC’s Housing Department which includes more than 3,700 affordable housing apartments, the Section 8 Department which provides rental assistance for an additional 4,000 low income families, and the low income housing tax credit program.

“The senior vice president of housing serves a key role in our organization. Finding an innovative, experienced individual for this position was vital,” said KCDC Executive Director and CEO Alvin Nance. “Sean is the perfect fit with more than 18 years of experience as the executive director of a public housing authority, as well as more than 20 years of redevelopment experience.”

Since 1995, Gilbert has served as the executive director of the Housing Authority of Pikeville, Ky., where he oversaw eight low-income housing properties of more than 500 housing units. Gilbert also directed the Section 8 voucher program and oversaw new construction and modernization projects for the housing authority.

Prior to his work in Pikeville, Gilbert directed all downtown revitalization programs for Williamson, W. Va., and was the revitalization coordinator for the City of Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Throughout his tenure, the Pikeville housing authority maintained U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) high performer status on both its public housing and Section 8 programs. In 2006, the Housing Authority of Pikeville was named Kentucky’s Outstanding Large Housing Agency by HUD.

“Gilbert’s extensive experience with both public housing and redevelopment initiatives, especially in downtown areas, allows him to thoroughly understand KCDC’s mission and goals,” Nance said. “His prior work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in the industry, and we look forward to bringing his expertise to the Knoxville community.

Gilbert has served in several leadership roles for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and the Southeastern Regional Council (SERC) of NAHRO. He currently serves on the member services and legislative network committees for NAHRO and is the current secretary of SERC-NAHRO. He is also a past president of the Kentucky Housing Association.

About KCDC

Since 1936, KCDC has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Knoxville and Knox County. KCDC’s mission is to improve and transform neighborhoods and communities by providing quality affordable housing, advancing development initiatives and fostering self-sufficiency. For more information, call 865-403-1100 or visit