Council Appoints Altman City Manager

June 8, 2018

City of Hopewell

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Dane to Continue Economic Development Focus


Hopewell, VA. The City of Hopewell is pleased to announce that John M. “March” Altman, Jr. will be its next City Manager. He was appointed by unanimous vote of City Council last night. The position represents a homecoming of sorts for Altman, 47, a Hopewell native and lifelong resident of the City. He had served as Interim City Manager for Hopewell in 2007 while employed as Assistant City Manager for Community Development. Altman had previously been Hopewell’s Director of Development. He succeeds Mark Haley, who retired in September of 2017. Mr. Altman will assume duties as City Manager on February 5, 2018.


Mayor Jackie Shornak said that Council is “delighted to welcome March back to the city government.” Altman has most recently been Deputy City Manager­ Operations for the City of Petersburg, and prior to that was Powhatan’s Deputy County Administrator for Community Development. He is a 1992 graduate of Virginia Tech, with a degree in urban affairs and planning, and holds a Master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.


“March was one of the primary architects of an economic development plan that has really staiied to come to fruition in recent years. So, we are especially thrilled that our Assistant City Manager, Charles Dane, will continue to focus on economic development.” Dane was named to his post in 2014. He agreed to serve as Interim City Manager while Council conducted a state-wide search, which resulted in the hiring of Altman. Under Dane’s guidance, Hopewell has enjoyed a renaissance in economic development.


Working closely with City Council and staff, the City’s planning commission and economic development authority, and the nonprofit Hopewell Downtown Partnership, Dane has ushered in a number of high-profile businesses, and others are on the cusp. They include The Boathouse at City Point restaurant, Saucy’s B. B.Q., Landen Strapping Corporation, several coffee shops and bakeries, and other retailers. In addition, significant housing and mixed-use opportunities are on the horizon.


Vice Mayor Jasmine Gore added: “With March and Charlie driving our economic development engine, we could not be more optimistic about the future of Hopewell.”

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