Timothy E. Wanamaker accepted an offer from the Inglewood City Council to become the new City Administrator effective April 14, 2008.
Mr. Wanamaker comes to Inglewood from the City of Buffalo, NY where he holds the positions of Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Planning as well as the position of President of the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation (BERC), the city’s non-profit community economic development agency. Mr. Wanamaker also serves as Vice Chairman of the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA), the city’s redevelopment agency, which is also responsible for managing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs in Buffalo.
In addition, in the position of Executive Director of OSP, Mr. Wanamaker has been responsible for the development of the City of Buffalo capital budget and capital improvement plan, as well as serving as one of the senior staff members responsible for developing the city’s budget. Mr. Wanamaker has also been responsible for managing and implementing Buffalo’s housing efforts and planning responsibilities (including planning, zoning, historic preservation, and associated boards). Mr. Wanamaker also serves as lead executive on Buffalo’s City-Wide Security Camera Initiative and City-Wide WiFi Initiative and has a diverse combination of work experience in the public sector including economic development, planning, housing, public administration, and management.
Mr. Wanamaker came to Buffalo from Prince George's County, MD where he held the position of Deputy Chief of the Redevelopment Authority. Mr. Wanamaker is responsible for the management of the Authority's economic development projects and programs, as well as the overall management of the County's $10 million Commercial Building Loan Fund. He led a successful effort to secure a $10 million allocation of New Market Tax Credits for Prince George's County, one of only sixty-six organizations in the country to receive an allocation in the first year of the program.
Mr. Wanamaker has also held positions in Richmond, Virginia were he managed the Economic Development Corporation's development projects. Mr. Wanamaker has built a successful track record in developing partnerships with business and community based organizations, as well as state and federal agencies. The ability to forge effective partnerships has enabled Mr. Wanamaker to be successful in implementing community revitalization efforts throughout his career.
Mr. Wanamaker graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors degree in Urban Studies and a Masters Degree in Urban & Regional Planning with a concentration in economic development. Mr. Wanamaker also holds a degree in Architecture and has been certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council. Mr. Wanamaker has also received certificates for Economic Development Planning from the International City/County Management Association and Council for Urban Economic Development.