Friday, October 09, 2009

A New Chief at the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis

The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis will have a new leader, Maggie Campbell, who will take over for the retiring Jim Cloar on November 2.

Ms. Campbell comes to St. Louis from Arlington, Texas, where she served as president of the Arlington Downtown Management Association since 2006. According to the press release announcing her hiring:

Campbell’s accomplishments over her 24 years of diverse downtown experience with organizations in Texas, California, Mississippi, and Oklahoma include: successfully recruiting new investors and tenants for the Center Street Station project, a $12 million expansion of a historic entertainment venue as a new performance hall and the recruitment of an anchor tenant; securing a substantial grant from the Mortimer Levitt Foundation to support the creation and operation of the “Levitt Pavilion”; raising more than $1.2 million in private donations in less than eight months for the Levitt Pavilion Business Plan and volunteer-based capital campaign; administering BID’s with budgets in excess of $1.5 million; and, successfully leading BID renewal’s.
Ms. Campbell comes to St. Louis at a critical juncture. Major developments like the Laurel, One City Centre, the Kiel Opera House, and St. Louis Centre need to proceed in order for downtown to continue its positive momentum. Work on Ballpark Village must commence at some point. Downtown needs new Class A office space and attracting new businesses to the CBD and retaining and nurturing downtown's existing businesses is of the utmost importance. Downtown needs to continue to add residents and is woefully underserved from a retail standpoint.

The good thing is, as Mr. Cloar showed us, these problems can be successfully tackled with good leadership. After decades of inaction, downtown has finally started to turn the corner and is headed in the right direction.

Welcome to St. Louis and good luck, Ms. Campbell! I look forward to seeing what you have in store for downtown St. Louis!

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