Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Decade

Last Friday, an amazing crew of staff, friends and Board members threw a surprise celebration in recognition of my ten years with Downtown Frederick Partnership.  When I think about ten years professionally, I can’t believe how the time has flown.  When I think about it personally, I can’t imagine how I wasn't more than 10 years younger when I started this job. 

In my professional life, the Partnership has grown from a staff of one to a staff of one plus an intern to a staff of two and now – a staff of three.  When I walked in the door, the merchants were busy organizing what would become the first First Saturday coordinated by the Partnership.  Since that day, we have grown to add a full calendar of First Saturdays, Frosty Friday, Alive @ Five, Progressive Dinners and more to our rolls.  We've launched a fa├žade improvement program and implemented a new wayfinding signage system.  We now offer six free business workshops each year.  The organizational budget has grown from less than $100,000 to more than $500,000.  I say all of this not to toot my own horn but really in amazement at all that we have accomplished together.  So many people, organizations, partners and more have made this list and so much more a reality - all for a better Downtown Frederick. 
In my personal life, I've lived rented three apartments – but only lived in two, bought one house on my own and a second with my husband.  I got married, gained and lost a dog and gained a daughter. 

When I think back to the gal sitting in the bagel shop post interview waiting for the board and not knowing what was next, I can see someone so young and fresh.  Now, a decade later, I see a great life in Downtown Frederick with a hope for many good years ahead.  

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