Please join the City of Lebanon in welcoming the newly appointed Business Improvement District (BID) Executive Director Kelly Withum. This special event is open to all members and non-members at no cost. Registration is requested.
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Kelly Withum, who served as executive director of the downtown development program in Lititz for the past decade, has been selected as executive director of the Lebanon Business Improvement District (BID). Withum will begin her new role in late February.
The Lebanon BID is a five-year economic revitalization program to attract businesses and visitors to downtown Lebanon by making improvements and offering services that go beyond those provided by municipal taxes. It is funded through annual assessments paid by downtown businesses to support increased maintenance, public safety, business development and promotion, landscaping and other improvements.
As executive director, Withum will oversee daily operations
and financial management, including seeking funding through grants, and will be
responsible for creating and implementing programs to attract new businesses
and the community to downtown Lebanon. She will report to the Neighborhood
Improvement District Management Association (NIDMA), the governing board that
oversees the BID.
“We’re pleased to welcome Kelly Withum to our team in Lebanon,” said Mike Kuhn, NIDMA chairman. “The establishment of a Business Improvement District in the heart of our city is an unparalleled opportunity to enhance the City of Lebanon and our entire community.
Mayor [Sherry] Capello and the steering committee have laid out a solid plan for growth. With Kelly’s leadership, we are confident we can make that happen.”
Prior to being named BID executive director, Withum served
as executive director of Venture Lititz, a nonprofit organization created to
support businesses in downtown Lititz. Among accomplishments in that role, she
helped establish the Lititz Farmers Market.
Withum also previously held the position of executive
director of the Lancaster Downtown Investment District, where she coordinated
and managed a community policing program in downtown Lancaster and served as
director of the LancasterARTS Initiative.
Withum attended the University of Pittsburgh and Harrisburg
Area Community College and earned Business District Management Certification
from Rutgers University.
“We had a strong pool of applicants for the position, but we felt Ms. Withum possessed the skills and qualities that best fit our needs for not only administering the day-to-day operations of the BID but also for building a greater sense of community in downtown Lebanon,” said Dinny Kinloch, chairman of the BID recruitment committee. “With more than a decade of success in similar roles in the neighboring communities of Lititz and Lancaster, we are confident that she can bring a fresh perspective to our city.”