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Heather Fagan (407) 246-3423
Cassandra Lafser (407) 246-2182
DDB Executive Director Thomas Chatmon New Chair of International
ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2012) –
The Downtown Development Board announced today that Thomas Chatmon,
executive director of the Orlando Downtown Development Board (DDB), was
elected chair of the International Downtown Association (IDA) board of
Chatmon will serve as chair through September 2013. In his new role with
the IDA, Chatmon will lead the IDA in the implementation of the new,
three-year strategic plan for the organization. His vision for the IDA
is clear and begins with “Strengthening the Core, Mastering the Basics,
Moving Us Forward,” the board’s theme for 2013.
“Thomas has played a critical role in the redevelopment of Downtown
Orlando,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Under his leadership, Orlando
is setting a new standard for downtown vitality. It’s only fitting that
he was selected to help lead an international association focused on
supporting downtown districts and organizations around the world.”
The IDA, with more than 600 members worldwide, informs and influences
downtown leaders through annual conferences, monthly communications,
advisory panels and general support.
“The IDA strives to help downtown communities become more livable urban
centers, and Thomas exemplifies this effort,” said David T. Downey,
president and CEO of IDA. “He has been involved with the IDA for nearly
a decade and truly possesses the commitment and ability not only to make
Downtown Orlando a great place to live, work and play, but also to help
other communities do the same.”
Chatmon, who joined the DDB in 2007 after leading economic development
efforts in Albany, Ga., has been a member of IDA since 2002.
“The IDA is a vital resource and advocate for downtowns around the
world,” said Chatmon. “It’s a great honor for me and Downtown Orlando to
be a part of the leadership team that helps guide other communities
Chatmon was instrumental at giving members of the IDA an up-close look
at Downtown Orlando, when the organization held its four-day spring
conference at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Downtown Orlando last spring.
About the Downtown Development Board
The mission of the Orlando Downtown Development Board (DDB) is to
strengthen the role of Downtown Orlando as the economic, governmental
and cultural center of Central Florida. The DDB is responsible for the
planning, implementation and administration of the City's core area
redevelopment and development program. For more information, visitwww.downtownorlando.com.