Cortney Pogue

Director of Economic and Community Development, Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County

Courtney D. Pogue, CCIM, CEcD, CPM, CRE is currently the Director of Economic and Community Development for Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. Prior to Nashville, Mr. Pogue was the Director of Economic Development for City of Dallas, Texas.  As the Director, Mr. Pogue managed a department that fostered more than $2.8 billion in private investment and 15,000+ job commitments. Additionally, Mr. Pogue manages the following programs for the City of Dallas: tax increment financing, new markets tax credits, Section 380 economic development, tax abatement, and small business development. Additionally, Mr. Pogue oversees a staff of 35 with departmental budget of $8 million. Prior to joining the City of Dallas, Courtney was the Director of Economic Development for Clayton County, Georgia. As the Director, Mr. Pogue implemented Clayton County’s (population of 300K; home to the world’s busiest airport) 2013 Economic Development Plan, resulting in improvement to County’s overall economic vitality: higher per capita income, reduced unemployment, expansion of the labor force and increased household income. Assessed the viability of potential transactions based on financial feasibility and economic impact modeling.

Prior to joining Clayton County, Mr. Pogue served as the Deputy Director of Economic Development for Cook County, the 2nd largest county in the country, where he managed a wide array of economic development initiatives and programs. Courtney’s role with Cook County includes managing the $30 million BUILT in Cook Loan Program along with managing the review of all commercial property tax incentives administered by the County.

Prior to joining the Cook County, Courtney was the founder and president of the Waterworks Group, an economic development and real estate advisory services firm based in Chicago, IL that has focused on urban real estate development. Overall, Mr. Pogue has successfully assisted clients in obtaining more than $150 million of public subsidies which have included: Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Tax Increment Financing (TIF), New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) along with other public financing sources and incentives. Prior to forming his company, Mr. Pogue worked at the First National Bank of Chicago, the City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development, and Cohen Financial.

Courtney is licensed managing real estate broker in the state of Illinois, a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and a Certified Property Manager (CPM).   He is affiliated with the Urban Land Institute (ULI), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Commercial Institute of Real Estate Investment (CCIM), International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), and Lambda Alpha International, Ely Chapter.