The city council on Tuesday evening adopted an ordinance creating the Economic Development Department, a department that will be the focal point for economic development in the city.
The new department will include the Community Improvement, Redevelopment, Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, Cultural Affairs, and Historic Preservation divisions, according to city documents.
In its memorandum of understanding, the state stipulated the city restructure the Community Development department so as to create a single entity that will handle economic development in the city.
The only division that will not be carried over into the new department will be the Housing Division, according to the ordinance.
Council members passed the ordinance in its first reading without discussion.