Downtown Springfield Inc. appoints new program coordinator
After months of transition from its former executive director, Downtown Springfield Inc. has a full new staff.
DSI Executive Director Kayla Graven has announced that she has hired Lana Shovlin as the new program coordinator. Her first day on the job was Tuesday and she will be in charge of fundraising programs and events for the nationally accredited Main Street organization.
“I look forward to working with the city and the great team we have here… I think the three of us are going to be a huge asset in helping to revamp downtown and hopefully bring it back to life.” Shovlin said, referring to her, Graven and newly hired deputy manager Piero Taico.
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Graven noted that the full three-person team represents a complete transition from former executive director Lisa Clemmons Stott, who completed her six-year term as head of DSI this summer, and former program coordinator Taylor Moore. , who left his post to go to college.
“I am delighted to see the DSI team growing and we are very happy that Lana is part of this team,” said Graven. “His skills will be used a lot.”
Shovlin, originally from O’Fallon, was previously a publicist for Southern Illinois University Press. She moved to Springfield four years ago with her husband and while raising her son she worked as a freelance for the Illinois weather and Springfield Business Journal.
She credits her freelance career for helping her connect with the city’s business community. Once her son grew up a bit, she started looking for a new job and eventually landed at DSI.
“I was like, ‘Well that would be a really good opportunity to get to know more people and get more involved in the community’, which I have always been very invested in, no matter where we have lived, “said Shovline.
She said that in the short term she will focus on DSI’s seasonal activities Holiday walks.
Main street organizations promote small businesses and economic development efforts in the downtown area. They also make cities eligible for additional grants and participate in fundraising efforts.
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