Downtown Bryan Economic Director Resigns

By: Downtown Bryan Economic Development Association Email
By: Downtown Bryan Economic Development Association Email

The Downtown Bryan Economic development Association (DBEDA) is looking for a new executive director.

John Hendry, executive director since May, 2003 submitted his resignation to be effective September 15, 2008 in order to pursue other interests.

DBEDA is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization which was organized in 2002, and whose mission is “to revitalize and maintain the commercial and aesthetic viability of the historic business district of Downtown Bryan”.

Since, 2002, DBEDA has worked in partnership with the City of Bryan and many other partners throughout Bryan-College Station to create a vibrant historic district that accentuates the uniqueness and diversity of the community while maintaining the historic integrity of the past amidst a multi-use business/residential environment. DBEDA has approximately 130 members.

DBEDA’s focus over the past five years has been to promote and support the implementation of the Downtown Bryan Master Plan, adopted by the City of Bryan in 2001. Phases 1 & 2 of the five-phase plan have been completed. As a result, a variety of new businesses have located in Downtown and many historic buildings have been renovated, reversing the downward economic trend of over 25 years which began in the 1970’s. In recent years, Downtown Bryan has become a popular destination for tourists and a center for growing arts & cultural activities and live entertainment. The City of Bryan has approved funding for Phase 3 streetscape work which includes North Main Street between West 24th and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

John Hendry expressed to the DBEDA board of directors his appreciation for the opportunity to serve with them, DBEDA members, the City of Bryan and community supporters to help make the Downtown Bryan Master Plan a reality.

John commented that he looks forward to seeing the future improvements to Downtown Bryan, especially in the north end, and the many new businesses which will open in Downtown in the future. DBEDA will immediately begin a search for a new executive director and invites all interested individuals to email a letter of inquiry and a resume to Cindy Peaslee, board chair, at , or call 979-574-3873.

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