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April 08. 2014 9:59PM

Intown Manchester’s executive director announces resignation

MANCHESTER — The downtown booster organization Intown Manchester is losing its executive director, who gave her notice to the Intown board on Monday, according to the board chairman.

Martha Roveda, who took the job last July, will stay on until June, said Denis Dancoes, chairman of the Intown Manchester trustees. Dancoes said the job will be posted in the coming week.

He said the trustees are putting together a search committee, and there should be enough time to allow Roveda to assist in transition of the new hire.

Roveda took over the job after longtime director Stephanie Lewry retired after nearly 15 years with the organization. Roveda had been the former director of real estate for the St. Louis public school system. She had moved to the Manchester area when her husband was transferred for his job.

In an email to Intown trustees, Dancoes said he was sad to see Roveda leave.

“She has determined that she desires to be more involved in the business of real estate and economic development,” he wrote. “She has helped make Intown Manchester a stronger organization and we wish her well in her future endeavors.”

Intown Manchester is a private, nonprofit organization that is funded in part by a special tax levied on downtown property owners. It has a staff of six, who work on beautification, entertainment, parades and other activities and events, such as the current Eats Week, to promote downtown.

mhayward@unionleader.com



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