IOWA CITY — Nancy Byrd, former executive director of the Iowa City Downtown District, has been named CEO of the lately merged Iowa City Improvement and Company Partnership.

“These are two terrific organizations coming with each other,” Bird told The Gazette. “The leadership on each boards worked with each other to bring them with each other seamlessly — the group has a vibrant vision for the future — and I am seriously excited to function with them.”

The boards of the two organizations voted in November to merge on July 1 to superior concentrate on financial demands in the neighborhood, which includes youngster care, workforce shortages and inexpensive housing.

Bird will start in June and lead the two organizations by way of the rebranding and implementation of the bylaws and legal structure that the two boards adopted final November.

Robin Therme, chairman of the merged board of directors, mentioned in a press release Thursday that the board is excited to bring Bird’s expertise and talent to the new organization.

“Her comprehensive expertise in neighborhood improvement and her track record of reaching a clear vision make her ideally equipped to meet the demands of this new organization,” mentioned Therme.

Adam Keune, former president of the Iowa City Company Partnership, echoed Terme, emphasizing his self-confidence in Byrd’s capacity to lead the new organization.

“As we enter this thrilling new chapter as a combined organization, we have terrific self-confidence in her capacity to guide us toward development and improved effect, advancing our attain and amplifying the constructive distinction we are creating in the Johnson County neighborhood,” Keune mentioned.

Byrd, whose salary has not been disclosed, has led the district in downtown Iowa City for almost a decade.

With her departure, the Downtown District Board named Betsy Potter, the existing director of inventive solutions, as its new executive director.

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