The Director of Community Development sets and guides the strategy for all economic development and communication initiatives, and clearly articulates the village’s mission to create a walkable, sustainable community through smart growth and New Urbanism principles.

Director of Community Development: Keaton DePriest
Phone: (716) 632-4120 ext. 3017

Keaton DePriest was appointed to the position of director of community development in June 2018. Prior to his appointment, DePriest was a journalist for nearly 15 years. He served as secretary and president of area Rotary clubs and was also a volunteer on the village’s Glen Park Art Festival Committee.

A graduate of Maryvale High School, DePriest earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Buffalo State College. He resides in Cheektowaga.

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Working with residents, businesses and other elected officials to advance the vision set by the Mayor and Board of Trustees
  • Creating a brand for the Village of Williamsville and communicating the vision effectively by speaking with the media, local and national, and with elected officials and their staff
  • Leading the generation of traditional and online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Working with the Administrator, Mayor and Trustees to decide to whom, where and when to disseminate and through what means
  • Coordinating, organizing and scheduling press conferences, interviews, commercials and all other events necessary to effectively communicate the Village of Williamsville message to the community.