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Sue Montgomery has announced she soon will step down.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Bedford Main Street Inc. is searching for a new executive director after Sue Montgomery has announced she soon will step down.
Montgomery, Bedford County’s first economic development director, joined the program in March 2012. Main Street closely works with businesses in the town of Bedford.
Kathy McGary, a member of the organization’s board of directors, said the board understood she would not be serving long.
A committee is looking at resumes for a new full-time director. Montgomery is expected to stay on for the next several months and be involved with promoting the annual Centerfest event next month, McGary said.
In 1993, Montgomery began the economic development position in the county and served until her retirement in October 2009. She stayed on with the county two more years under a contractual part-time basis until Traci Blido was named to the position in 2011.
Town officials last year said they were excited to see a familiar face take the program’s reins. McGary said Montgomery brought much experience and a “very positive influence” to the position and is leaving on amicable terms.
“She has done a wonderful job,” McGary said. “I just love her to death. We hate to see her leave.”
Bedford Main Street, among the state’s first Virginia Main Street programs, started in 1985 and organizes events such as Centerfest and the annual downtown Christmas parade.
“We’re all in a really good place right now and everyone is optimistic,” McGary said.
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