TROY — The Troy Main Street Inc. Board of Trustees on Wednesday announced the resignation of executive director Karin Manovich.
Manovich and her family will be moving out of the region due to an employment opportunity for Manovich’s husband. The Board accepted Manovich’s resignation, which will be effective with her departure in August.
Manovich came to Troy Main Street in the spring of 2010 where she immediately went to work advocating for the downtown businesses. Manovich quickly became known throughout the state of Ohio for her leadership and unwavering dedication to Troy Main Street’s mission. The organization continued to be recognized and accredited due to Manovich’s firm resolve to make Troy a better place to live, work, shop, celebrate and invest.
In the fall of 2012, Manovich and the team of Troy Main Street met with representatives of JAM Productions who were seeking a unique community and venue to host the 2013 Gentlemen of the Road music festival with Mumford & Sons. Manovich solicited the event, sold the organizers on the area and then served as the local producer throughout the entire process. For multiple days, downtown Troy was home to 40,000 visitors all seeking an extraordinary musical experience. They came from 48 states, Canada, Mexico and Europe to enjoy the musicians. The event created a $20 million economic impact to this region due to these efforts.
Of particular note, Manovich has been instrumental in improving first floor commercial occupancy to 98 percent in the downtown district though her recruitment and retention efforts, with more than 60 new businesses opening during her tenure. She developed and organized the Downtown Troy Farmers Market, which has gained in popularity and success, growing to more than 40 vendors.
As Troy’s top promoter, Manovich has been a relentless supporter of downtown Troy by creating marketing initiatives and utilizing proven social media methods to create a high level of interest in the shops and restaurants of commercial district, as well as in Troy Main Street events. Under Manovich’s tenure, business membership in Troy Main Street increased more than 400 percent.
“Karin will be greatly missed, but is leaving this organization stronger and more relevant than ever. Due to her efforts, we have the vision to move forward and find a strong, confident individual who will continue on the path of success,” said John Wilson, president of the board.
Manovich said she will look back fondly of her time in Troy.
“My time in Troy has been fulfilling and rewarding, and it is bittersweet to see it coming to an end. Downtown Troy is exceptional, and I will miss the community of merchants and stakeholders that make it so,” Manovich said. “I am grateful for all the support, friendship and opportunities that I have had in Troy.”.