UP Executive Director Steps Down After Successful First Year, Search for New Leader Underway

UP Executive Director Steps Down After Successful First Year, Search for New Leader Underway
Kathy Deacon is pictured at the grand opening of the Chief Tassel building in April.

August 26, 2022

Martinsville, VA (August 26, 2022) – Uptown Partnership announced today that Kathy Deacon, executive director has announced plans to depart the organization in September and a search for Deacon’s replacement is underway.

“We cannot thank Kathy enough for her leadership and dedication to Uptown Partnership and the City of Martinsville,” said Liz Harris, board president of Uptown Partnership. “During her time here, Kathy has had a transformational impact, setting a strong foundation for our organization and championing Uptown revitalization through her tireless work with the City, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), local property and business owners and the community at large.”

Deacon joined Uptown Partnership in May 2021 as its first executive director. During her tenure, she led various projects including Wall Street Alley Activation, Grant funding and financial management of the organization, Community Visioning Project/Report, initiating and partnering on Uptown events, and implementing the Main Street model in Martinsville in collaboration with DHCD and community partners.

“It has been my pleasure to lead Uptown Partnership through this early stage of development and work with our board and the many talented community members who have joined in the work and helped to create a long list of accomplishments in a short time, '' said Deacon. “I know that Uptown Partnership will continue to play an important role in the revitalization of the Uptown business district and will, through the successful utilization of the Main Street approach, provide community members with an opportunity to be heard and involved in the important work that is taking place to catalyze change and growth in Uptown Martinsville.”

Uptown Partnership is currently looking for its new executive director. To learn more about the role or to apply, visit the Uptown Partnership website or Indeed.com (coming soon). Details regarding an interim executive director will be shared next week.


About Uptown Partnership
Uptown Partnership is an inclusive and diverse group of people who are committed to bringing residents and businesses to Uptown, using the nationally successful Main Street Approach.


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