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The Journal Gazette

Friday, May 03, 2019 2:39 pm

Verbatim: Bill Brown to leave Downtown Improvement District

The Journal Gazette

The Downtown Improvement District issued this news release today:

FORT WAYNE, IN -- Bill Brown, President of the Fort Wayne Downtown Economic Improvement District (D.I.D.), announced his decision to step down from his role, citing a desire for more time with family and to pursue personal projects. He will continue in his role through July to ensure a smooth transition. Brown assumed the Executive Director position in 2012. In the past seven years, Brown applied his decades of experience with urban renewal projects, business ownership and civic service to improve the climate of Downtown Fort Wayne for commercial activity as well as the Downtown Experience for residents and visitors.

“I’ve led from a position of facilitation and empowerment, and I am proud of what we’ve accomplished” says Brown. Under Brown’s leadership, the D.I.D. has expanded and solidified its role in the advancement of Downtown Fort Wayne as a vibrant urban core which is clean, safe and ready for commerce. Brown had an impact on the D.I.D.’s program services such as the expansion of public realm enhancements into beautification through the fostering of Art This Way and support of their Downtown Alley Activation Mural Project. Signature event production has continued to grow in attendance and scope under Brown’s leadership while new initiatives like the organization’s Jointly Sponsored and Off-Season Events Contest has empowered community partners to launch new and exciting events Downtown.

Throughout his time as President of the D.I.D., the thoughts and experiences of the business and property owners throughout Downtown Fort Wayne were of the utmost importance to Brown, who stayed in communication with these Downtown Stakeholders. “Bill will be hard to replace,” says Miguel Trevino, Board Secretary of the D.I.D. “We have all benefited immensely from Bill’s love of Downtown Fort Wayne and have excelled as an organization under his leadership.”

The D.I.D. Board of Directors will begin a search for Brown’s replacement in the coming months.