LIMA — Aubree Kaye is resigning from her role as executive director of Downtown Lima Inc. this week.
Kaye, who has been the organization’s executive director since 2010, started with Downtown Lima Inc. as an administrative assistant 17 years ago.
She was instrumental in the creation and management of events like the Downtown Lima Holiday Festival, the Chalkwalk, First Fridays, the Lantern Tours and sidewalk sales.
“It has genuinely been a pleasure to not only watch the transformation of our great downtown,” Kaye said, “but to know that I have been a part of so much of the progress in one way or another.”
Downtown Lima Inc. will now seek an interim director and will begin its search for a new executive director, which Board President Chad Stearns said he hopes will be completed by the end of the summer.
Stearns credited Kaye with advocating not only for downtown Lima but the entire city.
The organization, which has partnered with the City of Lima to develop projects like the Train Depot and streetscape project, is also involved in other downtown livability issues like parking, housing and retail development, design review and the proposed entertainment district.
“If you’re here in downtown Lima now versus 20 years ago, the feel is much different,” Mayor David Berger said during a press conference on Wednesday. “There is a sense of energy. There is a sense of renewal. There is a sense of pride. And I think Downtown Lima played a very direct role in that.”