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Lilburn Hires Public Relations Manager

Nikki Young, a former Hall County public information officer, was hired by the city as Lilburn aims to boost its visibility.

 

The City of Lilburn has hired a Public Relations Manager to increase the visibility and credibility of the city government. Nikki Young will encourage better communication between the city and its residents, boost citizen involvement in city initiatives and events, as well as increase Lilburn’s exposure beyond its boundaries. She also will serve as the primary point of contact for the media.

“I will work to make Lilburn residents more aware of our services, operations and events so that they can get the most out of their city government,” Young said. “Promoting the positive aspects of the city will help Lilburn reach its goal of becoming a destination for nonresidents.”

Young comes to Lilburn from Hall County Government, where she served four years as Public Information Officer. She was previously a reporter and editor for newspapers in Gainesville, Braselton and Hoschton. Young lives in Braselton in Gwinnett County.

“We are looking forward to the many positive impacts Nikki will have upon the city,” said Doug Stacks, Director of Planning & Economic Development, whose department includes the new Public Relations Manager.

(Editor's note: this article was taken directly from a press release from the city of Lilburn.)

Ben September 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM
This is a good thing, I am gald Lilburn, has hired some one to up grade this City, it needs more up scale business's to locate here, Restaurants, Movie theater's, Belk's, and other shops, like the Ave's at Webb Gin & Scenic Hwy.
RL September 21, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Ben - it is not the taxpayers responsibility to pay for a public relations staff. I pay City of Lilburn taxes and I think it is a waste of taxpayer money.
Mike Smith September 21, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Finally we have someone whose job it is to focus on communicating with the citiszens (or, as I prefer to call us – The Owners) and future investors (or, as I see them - Customers). This is not an easy job and, as we’ve seen, much time and money is wasted when it is done poorly. If done properly, she can bring value many times her salary to our city. For starters I hope her expertise will be applied to the labyrinth Lilburn calls a web site. I wish you much success Nikki. Don’t get too discouraged early on – We CAN be taught, although, it might just take awhile.
Margot Ashley September 21, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Welcome to the neighborhood, Nikki!
Rethinknow September 21, 2012 at 05:24 PM
The following comments have nothing to do with the individual and no disrespect to Ms Young is intended. In addition I happen to agree with Mr. Smith. And this position is a long time coming. Lets look at the issue. HALL COUNTY? We live in a city that has roughly 12,000 people, a zip code with some 34,000 people and a county that has almost 1,000,000 and the city manager (who does the hiring) is trying to convince us we have to go to Hall County to find someone qualified? By the way that’s where he lives. If you look at the staffing of the city of Lilburn you will discover almost no one lives in Lilburn. And if you look at recent hires you will fined many are connected to the current city manager and or his wife, in past job relationships. In this stressed job market all possible effort should be made to look for people as close to Lilburn as can be. Now, IF any of the city officials comment, you will hear “best qualified candidate’, “wise management decision” and on and on. Sound like political rhetoric? It is. It more accurately is called cronyism.
Kelly Blake September 22, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Welcome to Lilburn's new Public Relations Manager Nikki Young! So glad to hear Lilburn is understanding the importance of PR and how it can help build the area in a positive way! There are so many little known treasures in Lilburn that others in Gwinnett county would love to know about! Lilburn definitely needs publicity here! Instead of complaining, let's all come together and start being Lilburn's PR ambassadors!
Mandy McManus September 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I would like to applaud Kelly's comments above. We need good publicity in this town and I agree we have a lot to offer. I look forward to meeting Nikki and telling her what i think is great about Lilburn!

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