Monday, October 5, 2009
Downtown Roanoke Inc. Hires New Head
Sean C. Luther, a 27-year-old economic development specialist for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership in Pennsylvania, has been named director and CEO of Downtown Roanoke Inc.
He will begin his new duties Oct. 26. Luther will be responsible for leading DRI in several projects including renewal and improvements to the Market Square and the Historic Roanoke City Market.
"Sean possesses a depth of experience in downtown revitalization that exceeds his standing as a young professional," says DRI Board Chairman Ben Motley. "We're excited to have someone with his talent, vision, and energy coming on board to work with downtown stakeholders at this critically important time to help guide the future of downtown."
Luther earned his bachelor's in political science and his master's in real estate development from Clemson University, and he earned his Economic Development Finance Specialist certification from the National Development Council. Luther has been engaged in a reactivation of Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh, a $1 million streetscape grant program.
He has coordinated government, civic, design and business organizations in the redevelopment of major public spaces and implemented a multi-district retail attraction and recruitment initiative. As a developer and consultant, Luther has been involved with historic residential renovation projects and performed research and market analysis reports for public and private organizations.
"Downtown Roanoke has significant potential to build on its world class amenities," says Luther. "I can't think of a more exciting place to be at this time in DRI's history or in my career. This is a momentous opportunity for me. I can't wait to hit the ground in Roanoke."
Downtown Roanoke Inc. is a tax-exempt member organization first chartered in 1960 to provide services and support to downtown property owners, businesses and residents.