by Eric Ginsburg

Items from across the Triad and beyond


Denise Turner Roth will leave her position as Greensboro city manager to return to her native Washington, DC to accept an appointment by President Obama as the deputy administrator of the US General Services Administration.

Roth has held the Greensboro city manager post since 2011 after serving as assistant city manager under Rashad Young, who left the Gate City to serve as city manager of Alexandria, Va. Roth will begin her new job on Feb. 3.

“This appointment will challenge me professionally, allowing me to focus on delivering cost savings and value across the federal government. And, it presents me with the special opportunity to continue my career in the city where I was born,” Roth said.

Mayor Nancy Vaughan praised the departing city manager. “Denise is a strong leader who has formed a great team of executives during her tenure,” she said. “She has improved many facets of our service delivery and has been a central figure in helping move the city forward on a number of projects from solid waste to the performing arts center.”


Elon Law School announced its purchase of several downtown Greensboro buildings near its campus last week, but don’t expect to see any changes to the block of Greene Street anytime soon.

The school said it has “no immediate plans to use the properties,” adding that the businesses leasing the buildings will continue operating.

The law school has expanded its footprint in the adjacent area in the last several years,. The school now owns all of the properties on the block between Commerce and Sternberger places and North Greene and Bellemeade streets, which includes a parking lot, the new green space and seven buildings a block north of the school’s core Weaver Building.

The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation provided start up funds for the law school and partnered with the institution for its recent expansion. Foundation President Jim Melvin said in a press release that the school’s growth is “critically important” for the development of downtown.