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Lanier Olympic venue board set to hire manager

POSTED: October 18, 2013 11:00 p.m.

The Gainesville/Hall ’96 Foundation has finalized the job description for the newly created venue manager position at the Lake Lanier Olympic Center.

The foundation’s board of directors met Friday to give updates and reports on the board’s activities and venue operations. The board has a new website, a new logo and is preparing to hire its first employee.

The nonprofit, also known as Gainesville/Hall County ’96 Roundtable, worked to bring Olympic rowing and paddling events to the area in the 1996 Summer Games and then maintain the site’s legacy. After years of neglect, the site is on track to get a much needed upgrade, a full-time facility manager and some capital improvements.

The job description is expected to be posted on the website early next week and will remain up until Nov. 30, board member Meg Nivens said. Nivens is also executive director of Vision 2030, a Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce community initiative. Pay and benefits depend on a candidate’s level of experience. The job description may also be posted on other websites.

The venue manager will be responsible for the center, including maintenance and day-to-day operations.

Essential duties include maximizing the events at the venue and developing it to be an internationally recognized regatta center and athletic training facility. The manager also would help create the center’s budget, develop grant applications and assist the Lake Lanier Rowing Club and Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree in business administration or public administration and four years of facility management experience, with three years in a leadership position at a senior management level or a combination of related education and experience.

The job description will also include a link to the foundation website, www.lakelanierolympicvenue.org, for people to apply. The website is called the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue and includes information about the nonprofit, the Olympic site and links to the club event calendars.

Among other tasks board members are crossing off their “to-do” lists are the service and lease agreement between the foundation and the governments of Gainesville and Hall County. Board Chairwoman Mimi Collins said a final draft of the agreement may be finished in the next week to 10 days. Attorney and board adviser Steve Gilliam has worked with the city and the county on the new arrangement.

The venue was leased to Gainesville and Hall County by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The two governments sublease it to the foundation, which subleases it to the Lake Lanier Rowing Club and the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club.

Gainesville and Hall County recently agreed to make more of an investment in the venue, giving $150,000 each to the board to manage the facility and turn it around.

The draft agreement stated that the two governments shall remain owners of the property, but allowed the board to provide a place for rowing, canoeing and kayaking programs. That draft ran for a year; however, Collins said some language in the agreement has changed since that version.

“It’s going really well,” she said. “This is multiorganizational agreement, so it’s got to get a lot of people signed off and agreeing and making sure we’re all good with it.”


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