Julie Franklin brings over 25 years of experience in economic and community development. Prior to joining LISC, Julie served as a consultant to local governments across the state of South Carolina, advising on a range of initiatives, including municipal redevelopment corporations, affordable housing approaches, and public-private mixed-use land developments. She also worked with local and international nonprofits to design high-impact strategies related to healthcare, public transportation, dispute resolution, and women- and minority-owned businesses, as well as assisted private businesses in new investment markets and public engagement.
Earlier in her career, Julie was the economic development director for the City of Spartanburg’s, where she spearheaded the City’s downtown master plan, structured financing mechanisms, and public-private partnerships to support redevelopment and business growth. She also worked as economic development manager for the City of Greenville, where she managed revitalization programs for the West End and West Greenville districts, including the creation of the city’s environmental justice program and oversight of the West End Market anchor redevelopment project.