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KCDC promotes Hatfield to vice president of redevelopment

March 14, 2023

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) has promoted James “Jim” Hatfield III to the position of vice president of redevelopment.

Jim Hatfield
Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation

“Jim’s extensive experience in redevelopment helps us fulfill a significant component of KCDC’s mission,” said Ben Bentley, executive director and CEO of KCDC. “Since joining our organization, he has proven to be a key asset. I congratulate him as his role expands and as we look to the future of impactful initiatives in Knoxville and Knox County planned by our redevelopment team.”

Hatfield previously served as redevelopment and real estate director for KCDC where he was the lead development project manager for First Creek at Austin, the city’s first mixed income housing community currently undergoing redevelopment. He also managed other initiatives and secured funding for housing development.

Prior to joining KCDC, Hatfield worked for Wyoming Housing Network in Casper, Wyoming, as real estate development director. Hatfield earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from Cornell University in New York. He is a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and a 2020 graduate of Introduction Knoxville. Hatfield was named to the 2021 40 Under 40 class.

He resides in Knoxville with his wife, Christine, and three children. He serves as a deacon at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church.

About Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation

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