The Ellensburg Downtown Association (EDA) announced the arrival of their new Executive Director, Carolyn Honeycutt from Story City, Iowa. Ms. Honeycutt was selected following an extensive and thorough executive search process. Her first day as the Executive Director for the EDA will be Monday October 4, 2010.
In Story City, Honeycutt worked as a volunteer in helping to organize the Main Street program there from 2000-2003. While working as an Accountant at Iowa State University, she also served on the Board of Directors for the organization from 2003-2006. Prior to Honeycutt accepting the position here in Ellensburg, she held the role as Director of Story City Main Street since 2006.
Honeycutt stated in her cover letter to the Ellensburg Downtown Association “What interests me most about this position is continuing to work within the Main Street Approach in Downtown Ellensburg. I have proven skills in bringing people together for a common goal, maintaining relationships over time, and developing new organizations to meet civic needs.”
Honeycutt also stated to the search committee and the Board of Directors, “my husband Lee and I are ready to find a new home and the Pacific Northwest has always been a top consideration.”
Joan Allyn, EDA Board President, said: “Carolyn brings a considerable amount of experience from both public and private sectors and her impressive record in performance management speaks for itself.”
Carolyn’s successes in Story City Include:
Obtained Main Street Manager Certification through the National Trust Main Street Center • Facilitated successful merger of two organizations (Story City Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce) to create a new non-profit community development organization with new bylaws, logo, mission, and vision • Oversaw $6 million in private investments in 10-years, a net gain in new businesses of 25 and a net gain in new jobs of 54, and over 32,000 volunteer hours • Wrote grants totaling $115,000, with a 80% success rate for all grants submitted. • Led volunteer efforts to raise money and purchase an historic building in order to substantially rehabilitate the property • Created new storytelling festival and negotiated to move a 40-year festival back to the business district • Streamlined management and marketing of antique carousel to return it to profitability • Recruited and subsequently organized a National Carousel Technical Conference
The Ellensburg Downtown began the search for a new Executive Director in June of this year when then Director, Timothy Bishop announced that he would leaving to accept a position as a Consultant at Baker County Tourism – Base Camp Baker – Baker City, Oregon.
The search drew over 19 applications with local candidates, as well as, candidates throughout Washington State and from other states including Wisconsin, California, and Iowa. The top ten candidates were asked to submit an essay entitled “What does Main Street mean to me.” From there, it was narrowed down to the top 5 who were interviewed via conference call.
The top 3 candidates were then invited to come to Ellensburg for a one-on-one interview with the Ellensburg Downtown Association Board of Directors. The interview method was an all day process, which included a Downtown Walking Tour and an evening Meet & Greet open to the public. The Board of Directors met a few days later and voted by blind ballot. Carolyn Honeycutt was selected unanimously.
“We are sure Carolyn will make a strong contribution to the Ellensburg community. It is pleasure to see her enthusiasm for relocating to Ellensburg and her excitement in the opportunities available throughout Kittitas County. We look forward to her expertise in leadership and fundraising and her passion for the Main Street Program,” says Allyn.
The mission of the Ellensburg Downtown Association is to enhance the economic and cultural vibrancy of historic downtown Ellensburg.
The Ellensburg Downtown Association is a grassroots local non-profit organization working to preserve and revitalize Ellensburg’s historic Downtown using the National Main Street Center’s 4-Point Main Street approach. This comprehensive preservation based approach to community revitalization emphasizes efforts in each of the four points of design, organization, promotion, and economic restructuring.
The Ellensburg Downtown Association formed in 2004 and is a Washington State designated, nationally accredited Main Street program. The Association’s efforts have been recognized with four Washington State Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards: Outstanding Economic Restructuring Success Story (2008), Outstanding Promotion (2008), Outstanding Economic Restructuring Success Story (2009), and Outstanding Public Private Partnership (2009).
For additional information please visit the Ellensburg Downtown Association website at EllensburgDowntown.org