The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to downtown and neighborhood revitalization in the city, has announced an expansion of its staff and scope of work.
Gregory S. Lindquist will join the JRC as its executive director on Sept. 30 and will oversee the JRC's downtown and riverfront development efforts.
The change signals a new phase for the JRC, as it boosts its capacity to aggressively pursue business development in downtown Jamestown and accelerate the pace of progress in the city's neighborhoods.
"We've assembled a staff that is well-positioned to move our revitalization efforts to an exciting new level. Greg brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion to the team," said Peter Lombardi, who will become the JRC's deputy director. Lombardi has served as the JRC's executive director for 10 months during a transitional period that included the organization's absorption of functions previously performed by the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation. He joined the agency in 2011 to launch its neighborhood revitalization programs.
Lindquist has served on the JRC's board since 2010 and was most recently an assistant vice president at the New York Business Development Corporation. He has also been the director of economic development at Chautauqua Opportunities Inc., Greater Jamestown Empire Zone director for the city of Jamestown, economic development coordinator for the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency and a branch manager at Beneficial. A Jamestown native, he holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the State University at Fredonia.
"Greg's combination of private and public sector experience will be a real asset for the JRC as it works to cultivate stronger relationships with downtown business and property owners and to recruit entrepreneurs," said Dr. Lillian Ney, co-chairperson of the JRC. "He will also be essential in our efforts to leverage support from local foundations into opportunities from regional and national funding sources."
Mayor Sam Teresi, JRC co-chairperson, added that, "As a public-private partnership, the JRC is a key player in the city's revitalization. The combined skills of the city's Department of Development and the JRC have significant potential in furthering Jamestown's goals."
Lindquist will be joining a staff that includes Tiffani Conti as events and programming associate, Mary Maxwell as neighborhood project associate, and Frank Besse as office and special projects coordinator. In his new capacity as deputy director, Lombardi will lead the organization's research, planning and grant writing efforts, as well as providing project management support.
"I am very excited to join the team of professionals that JRC has assembled and look forward to developing partnerships that will foster the resurgence of the city's downtown, neighborhoods and riverfront," Lindquist said.