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Downtown South Elects New Board of Directors
(ORLANDO, Fla. – May 29, 2014) Orlando Main Street Program Downtown South has elected new members to its Board of Directors for the upcoming year. The new directors begin serving June 1.
Charlotte Manley of Kimco/SoDo was elected board chair, and Leah Nash, Trusted Source, will serve as vice chair. Trey Barnes, Old Florida National Bank, will serve as Treasurer and Megan McLendon, of Orlando Health, secretary. Three new board members—Christine Barth, CareSpot; Lawson Dann, Morrison Commercial Real Estate; and James Krawczyk, James Krawczyk—will bring fresh ideas to construct a path for growth and development.
The 2014-2015 Board of Directors for Downtown South are as followed:
- Charlotte Manley – Chair, Kimco/SoDo
- Leah Nash – Vice Chair, Trusted Source Consulting
- Trey Barnes – Treasurer, Old Florida National Bank
- Megan McLendon – Secretary, Orlando Health
- David Ault – Organization Chair, Regions Bank
- Jim Ward – Design Chair, Orange County Government
- Connie White – Promotions Chair, Resident and Community Volunteer
- Christine Barth, CareSpot
- Suzanne Brown, Ryan’s Hallmark
- Alice Burden, Resident and Community Volunteer
- Jason Burton, City of Orlando
- John Cheek, Orlando Brewing
- Lawson Dann, Morrison Commercial Real Estate
- James Krawczyk, James Krawczyk
- Buck Miller, Velocity Films
- Dan Pavlik, Pavlik Chiropractic
- Chere R. Roane, Nicole & Hudson Realty
- Jon Toothman, Radio Shack
- Joe Waddell, Resident and Community Volunteer
Downtown South’s main goals in 2014 are to assist property owners in filling vacant spaces with the right mix of businesses for our community and to beautify the area through the installation of planters. Again, Downtown South will hold its annual “Light Up Downtown South” on Sunday, December 7, bringing together our residential and business communities, at Lake Beauty Park.
Since Downtown South’s inception in 2008, 823 jobs have been created in the Downtown South neighborhood business district and 189 new businesses opened. More than 250 improvements were made in the past five years as well, which include renovations, additions and new construction, creating an estimated capital investment of $142 million.
About Downtown South:
Downtown South is one of seven Orlando Main Street programs initiated by Mayor Buddy Dyer and established in 2008. The Downtown South program focuses on business district revitalization and is part of the National Main Street program. Main Street programs involve residents working in partnership with businesses and commercial property owners to revitalize the commercial district through creating events, new streetscapes and recruiting and retaining businesses. The Downtown South area encompasses Orange Avenue from Gore on the North to Pineloch on the South and Michigan Street from Fern Creek on the East and Division on the West. www.downtownsouthorlando.org