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Downtown Troy Business Improvement District Seeks New Executive Director; Katie Hammon to step down as Executive Director of the Downtown Troy BID



Troy, N.Y. - The Downtown Troy Business Improvement District has launched a search for a new executive director after current director Katie Hammon steps down from the position. After 6 years with the organization, Hammon has decided to focus fulltime on her business, The Maples Estate Wedding & Event Venue. Hammon will remain with the organization through a transitional period as a new director is selected, and will continue to be involved with local organizations through board and committee work, special projects and consulting.

Under Hammon’s direction, the Downtown Troy BID has grown its operations, promotional capacity and programming, including the launch of an annual tree planting program and many successful annual event seasons showcasing Troy as a destination city for tourism. The organization brought on a fulltime communications administrator in 2017, further amplifying the downtown community and greatly increasing its reach through an expanded newsletter, social accounts and engagement with local and national media. Hammon presided over the formation of the Downtown Troy BID foundation, increased sponsorship, event revenue and reserves, and a special projects fund from net event income. In 2019, the special projects fund supported the creation of a strategic plan as well as the design of a destination playground for downtown Troy with Adirondack Studios.

2020 saw the reimagining of most BID events due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a subsequent 45% decrease in income, yet the organization remains fiscally sound. 2020 also provided opportunities for new programs and collaborations to support downtown businesses disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. In 2020 the BID launched an online business development program, increased Troy’s involvement in Global Entrepreneurship Week, and worked with community partners to form the RensCo Pandemic Response Committee and the RensCo Business Equity Collaborative. Downtown Troy’s outdoor dining, Summer Square and related promotional programs facilitated the continued safe enjoyment of downtown shops and restaurants.

The Downtown Troy BID is currently growing its tourism based promotional content with a library of images and videos showcasing businesses and the experience of living, working and playing in downtown Troy. This content will increase the reach of Troy’s downtown community through a digital means, and remind our community of the importance of supporting locally. The BID has also recently announced a new committee structure with the formation of an outreach committee represented by downtown ambassadors. The program draws on these interested downtown leaders to build stronger connections by increasing community engagement and facilitating outreach with impact.

“This was a very difficult decision for me as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District building incredible relationships with our members, community and local leaders,” said Hammon. “I will continue to support the growth of Troy and Rensselaer County and aid in the recovery of our business community as the pandemic eases. In my six years with the Downtown Troy BID, there has been incredible highs and difficult lows, most recently throughout the pandemic. Yet this community continues to inspire me with such resilient individuals and a collective effort that lifts each other up even in times of distress. I look forward to the opportunity to operate my own business fulltime and I am motivated by those business owners around me that have shown incredible strength, hard work and passion throughout my years with the BID.”

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Katie for all of her efforts and commitment during her tenure with the BID" said Board President, Matt Callahan. "Her leadership of the organization and in the community has created a lasting, positive-impact on our downtown. As we begin a search for a new executive director, we are excited to see the talents and vision that the candidates bring to this process."

This will be the third search for an executive director since the Troy BID’s inception in 2010. Hammon began working for the organization in 2015 as the special events and development coordinator and became the executive director in 2016. Each director has served the community’s needs in different ways as downtown Troy continues to grow and expand, and the Downtown Troy BID board of directors will be searching for a director to guide the organization into its next phase of development.

To view the Executive Director position description and apply, visit

https://www.downtowntroy.org/get-involved

To view the Downtown Troy BID’s most recent annual report, visit https://www.downtowntroy.org/annual-reports.

BID Mission: We foster an attractive and inviting environment for businesses to prosper, a community for residents to grow, and a destination for visitors to continually explore. We do this through business development & retention programs, public service & beautification, marketing & tourism, and special events.

 

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