TROY — Troy Main Street’s Executive Director Katherine Hayes is stepping down at the end of the year to pursue a new career in Cincinnati.
Hayes informed the Troy Main Street organization of her resignation on Wednesday and sent a press release to the public on Thursday.
Troy Main Street marketing and events coordinator Stephanie Silk will serve as interim director following Hayes’ last day on Dec. 31.
Hayes said leaving Troy Main Street was a big surprise, noting that an organization she had worked with previously contacted her and offered her a position in economic development in the Greater Cincinnati region.
“It was one of those things that was totally out of the blue,” Hayes said Thursday. “It was an incredibly difficult decision to make, especially as Troy looks forward to some exciting projects in 2016.”
In the press release, Hayes said, “After very careful consideration, I decided this was the best personal decision for me. The new position will also allow me to be closer to family.”
The Troy Main Street Board of Trustees is currently reviewing options for moving the director’s position forward. Stephanie Silk will be formally transitioning into the position of interim director.
Silk is currently the marketing and events coordinator for Troy Main Street. She led the restructuring of the Taste of Troy event and coordinated the return of a “Santa House” to downtown Troy, as well as many other positive developments.
“Troy truly has some amazing projects coming up in 2016 that I wish I could be a part of,” Hayes said. “We’re currently working together very closely on developing a transition plan and training and making sure it’s a smooth transition and that we start 2016 really strong.”
Hayes said her time at Troy Main Street has been “a truly fun experience.”
“You really get to decide what cool new things can we bring to downtown to make it come alive,” she said. “You really get to think outside of the box because we aren’t restricted by bureaucratic procedures because we are a nonprofit. We just can develop really cool ideas into completion. Some of my favorite pieces of the job were networking and community outreach. I loved building partnerships across the community.”
In the press release, incoming board president Ben Redick said, “We wish nothing but the best for Katherine and appreciate the time and effort she has put forth with Troy Main Street. As we move forward, we will continue to fill the Executive Director’s position with someone who shares both the vision of Troy Main Street and its membership, and will perform the duties diligently and passionately.”
Troy Main Street, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit working for over 25 years to strengthen the heart of the community through downtown revitalization. More information regarding Troy Main Street and its activities can be found on their website at www.troymainstreet.org. All questions should be directed to Ben Redick, [email protected]
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