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New Castle Business Ledger: The City
Harry Walker , Wilmington's director of economic development , doesn't see much of a downside for existing hotels in the area from any new construction.In a perfect world for him , there would be not one but three new hotels downtown within five years.Accommodations would range from sumptuous to simple in his view , and serve visitors ranging from businesspeople to families on holiday.
As it happens , there are three specific sites in the city that are generating new hotel buzz :.
* The riverfront , where the First USA Arts Center is now being joined by new retail space , and where some 80 , 000 feet of conference space could be developed.
* The area bounded by 4th and 5th , Market and King Streets , which would be directly opposite the planned New Castle County Courthouse , or Justice Center as it's come to be known.
Each site has its own proponents , and according to Walker
, they're all being entertained by hotel chains and developers alike.His
personal favorite is the midtown spot neighboring the proposed Justice Center.
The legal community is a major industry in the city.And there will be an incredible amount of activity around the new courthouse , Walker
says.As a result , we think it will be an ideal location for a hotel to service that area..
A new hotel would have the added charm of turning blight into bloom for a city-owned property of slightly more than two acres.Thanks to the Justice Center , that land is much more valuable today than it was even a year ago , Walker notes.
There's also keen interest on some fronts for a new hotel facility in the south part of town.
concludes that even though it's only upscale , full-service hotel facilities that are in the planning stages now , Wilmington needs rooms for budget-minded visitors too.And as plans move forward to develop high-end facilities , he's
laying the groundwork for more modest accommodations too.
There's a need for a $50-a-night place , he
concludes.There are possibilities both north and south in the city for that to happen , and I'm going to actively pursue that..
Holding company conference scheduled
On Dec. 15 , Wilmington 2000 will host its second holding company conference titles , Delaware : The First Choice for Financial & Tax Planning..
Daily Local News - News - 04/10/2006 - Council to vote on manager
Questions began emerging last week with a copy of the meeting's agenda that called for the appointment of Harry Walker as city manager.
...According to published reports, Walker was asked to leave a previous job as economic development director in Wilmington, Del., in 2000 because of slow progress on redevelopment projects.The News Journal of Wilmington
also reported that Walker
came under scrutiny in his
previous position for thousands of dollars in questionable expenses that he
billed to the city.Currently, Walker serves as managing director of Walker Marketing Group, a private consulting group for new business development.
In May 2002, Walker Marketing Group
received a $50,000 consulting fee to devise revitalization projects for Newburgh, N.Y.'s Industrial Development Agency
(IDA), according to published reports in the Times Herald-Record.In October of that year, Walker was hired as the city's economic development director, only to be fired two weeks later, according to reports.
In 2004, while NewBurgh was in the midst of its own city manager search, the IDA shot down plans to create a $90,000-a-year position for Walker
According to a March 31, 2004, report in the Times Herald-Record, "(MayorNick) Valentine said the decision was a nondecision: no job description.No office.No accountability.No money to pay him." If council approves Walker, he will be the acting city manager for a 60-day probationary period.After that time is up, if council doesn't take any action, he will automatically become city manager.
Daily Local News - News - 04/07/2006 - City manager position not advertised
Harry Walker, the man Coatesville City Council is eyeing for city manager, left his previous job in Wilmington, Del., because of slow progress on redevelopment projects, according to published reports.
...Council is set to vote on appointing Walker, a Pittsburgh native who served as Wilmington's economic development director from 1998 to 2000.
was asked to resign from that position due to project delays and questionable expenses that he
billed to the city, according to reports in the News Journal of Wilmington
"Since July 1998, Walker
has charged more than $10,000 in expenses without submitting receipts or expense reports explaining the business purpose behind them.His
pursuit of a Jazz Hall of Fame museum has taken him across the nation on trips," a Dec. 19, 1999, News Journal report said.
An audit showed that Walker
owed more than $1,200 for items including $300 for a staff Christmas party, $285 for wine purchased for a trade show and $575 in finance charges, and late fees, according to the report.In a Jan. 20, 2000, report in the News Journal, then-Wilmington Mayor James Sills Jr. said under Walker, the city's revitalization was not moving fast enough.
According to the report, "Sills said he asked Harry Walker
to resign in part because of slow progress on city projects.
...Currently, Walker serves as managing director of Walker Marketing Group, a private consulting group for new business development.
At least two city council members said Thursday that, given the reports, Walker
did not sound like the kind of leader Coatesville needs.
"He is not the one," Eggleston said, referring to Walker
Around the end of March, Richardson said Walker
submitted, through Lehr, a release form for the background check.
...If council approves Walker, he will be the acting city manager for a 60-day probationary period.After that time is up, if council doesn't take any action, he will automatically become city manager.
Daily Local News - News - 04/06/2006 - Coatesville to name city manager
According to the agenda of the upcoming meeting, which was released Wednesday, council will vote to appoint Harry Walker as the city's acting city manager/city manager at a salary of $85,260.
...Walker, a Pittsburgh native, has prior municipal experience in economic development and served as the economic development director for the city of Wilmington, Del., from 1998 to 2000, Lehr said.
...From 2000 to present, Walker has been the managing director of Walker Marketing Group.
The company, which has offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, acts as a consultant to the private sector and government regarding new business development.Walker has a master's of business administration degree from the Harvard Business School and has worked for Fortune 500 companies.
Councilman Martin Eggleston said that he
had seen Walker's resume, although he
hasn't participated in any interviews.Eggleston said that he
wasn't aware that the city manager's job had been posted.
In a discrimination lawsuit filed Monday ...
In a discrimination lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, Harry G. Walker III, who became city manager in 2006, said his contract stated he would receive six months of termination pay if he was fired without cause.
Walker said he was.
The city has said Walker
was fired in 2010 for mismanagement and breach of duties.
According to his lawsuit, Walker
contends the city gave termination pay to his predecessor, E. Jean Krack, who had a similar contract.
According to the lawsuit, Walker
is seeking compensation for past and future lost earnings, legal fees, and "emotional upset, mental anguish, humiliation, injury to reputation, loss of life's pleasures, and pain and suffering."