TIMOTHY MILLER, ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tim Miller, Acting Executive Director, Downtown Inc, York PA

Tim Miller has been named Acting Executive Director, effective March 2016, assuming all leadership responsibilities as the organization’s Board of Directors conducts its search for a new Executive Director. Miller will provide leadership for the organization as the Board of Directors moves forward with a previously-scheduled organizational strategic planning session. 

Miller supports the organization’s efforts of the organization with community partners and mission-similar entities, organizational strategy and community positioning. Miller oversees the enhancement of all downtown public spaces including the Heritage Rail Trail, parks and Codorus Creek, implementing the objectives of the Downtown Inc Public Safety committee, working with property owners and developers to enhance facades and public areas, the installation of street amenities such as public art and banners and comprehensive improvements to the Central Business District physical environment, including the Downtown Inc Clean-Up Crew and floral plantings.

Previously, Miller served as Project Administrator at Downtown Inc, overseeing the projects and programs relating to the Moving Plans into Action initiative. Moving Plans into Action is a collaborative approach to achieving long-held community goals in the heart of York’s downtown.

Prior to the arrival of the Moving Plans into Action initiative at Downtown Inc, Miller provided support to the initiative for three years as a specialist in community information and coordination at the York College Center for Community Engagement and later as an independent contractor.  He has also provided support to the YorkCounts initiative of the York County Community Foundation, acting as a consultant to the YorkCounts Indicators Committee and producing all data and research used in the YorkCounts 2012 Indicators Report, a collection of York County quality-of-life measurements which are used to inform community decision-making. 

A strong believer in downtown York’s ongoing transformation and its regional impact, Miller is proud to be a part of Downtown Inc’s efforts to keep the downtown revitalization momentum going.

With the Codorus Creek and the Heritage Rail Trail, the City of York has two assets in place that are true differentiators. Thirty-five years ago, the Trail did not exist and nobody wanted to go near the Creek, and now they are together forming a new and strengthening hub of activity. Imagine what this place can be and what it can do for our community in another thirty-five years.


Meagan Feeser, Marketing Director

Meagan Feeser, Downtown Inc, York, PA

Born and raised in York, PA (and back after 10 years city-hopping up the East Coast), Feeser has a love of all things downtown York. Formerly the Director of PR & Communications for Gavin Advertising, she specializes in building buzz whether in print, on TV or on social media. She is the organizer of Restaurant Week York, a co-organizer of Foodstruck, a partner in the York City Pretzel Company and Rising Tide Distribution.

As Marketing Director, Feeser is responsible for all downtown branding and messaging, managing Downtown Inc events including First Fridays, Go Green in the City presented by White Rose Credit Union, Sweetest Pint, Boutique Week, the Masquerade Ball powered by Shipley Energy and the Downtown First Awards. In addition, Feeser oversees marketing and communications for the organization, downtown public relations and assisting downtown districts and merchants in their marketing efforts. 

Springtime on Market Street with the blooming Bradford pear trees is my favorite time of year. Market Street is the lifeline through our downtown and the development happening on this main thoroughfare is a tangible example of all the great things to come to downtown York. Plus, my favorite pretzel shop happens to be here!

NATALIE E. WILLIAMS, SMALL BUSINESS LIAISON

Natalie Williams, Downtown Inc, York PA

As the small business liaison, Williams collaborates with the Economic Development Department of the City of York and the York County Economic Alliance to identify and recruit local, regional and national retailers to downtown York. She focuses on researching and compiling trade area demographic information to market downtown York to prospective businesses, and to assist businesses in understanding the City permitting and inspections processes.  Williams also works to develop retention strategies and programming for the small business community in the City of York. 

Williams previously worked for the REALTORS Association of York and Adams Counties in Community Development, where she forged relationships with the real estate community and many non-profit organizations in the York area. She is passionate about the “downtown scene” and very excited to be a part of the energy.


 

Being the small business liaison at Downtown Inc has been such a rewarding experience. I chose Beaver Street because for me professionally I realized how impactful my position really was when I was able to make a connection for a prospective boutique owner to find her dream space. Being able to help small businesses from start to finish with site selection, the permitting process to a ribbon cutting I can truly see how my position as well as Downtown Inc is truly making an impact on this vibrant city.

Jody Chesla, Office Manager

Jody Chesla, Downtown Inc, York, PA

As office manager, Chesla provides staff support, maintains the database listings for Main Street York, Inc. and the York Business Improvement District Authority, and oversees day to day operations of the office. She holds an Associates in Specialized Business in Accounting and Business Administration from Cambria-Rowe Business College, and a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management from DeVry University.

Prior to her 2011 start with Downtown Inc, Chesla worked as an Office Manager and Tax Preparer for H&R Block. She serves on the Board of the York Young Professionals as their Treasurer.

I wouldn’t be in York today if it weren’t for baseball. My husband and I met over a summer when our brothers played on the local team together, and 10 years later I followed him to York. Santander Stadium is now where you can find me most summer nights enjoying the game, the food, the entertainment and everything else it does for downtown York.

KRISTEN EVANS, MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR

Kristen Evans, Downtown Inc, York, PA

As an alumnae of York College of Pennsylvania and a York native, Evans has strong ties and investment in this community. Since graduating from college in 2013, she has spent the majority of her professional career focusing on nonprofit events, marketing and fundraising. As a volunteer, Evans is a member of the York College Young Alumni Council, York Young Professionals and event support for the Cultural Alliance of York County.

As Events and Marketing Coordinator, Evans provides support to all events and promotions managed by Downtown Inc, including First Fridays, Go Green in the City, Sweetest Pint and others. She has a passion for events and is thrilled to be a part of the organization bringing high-quality programming and pride to her hometown.

This is the prettiest little stoop in York City. This place is the epicenter of my life. From here, I am less than a block away from where I shop, work and hang out with friends. I am so happy to call York and North Beaver Street home.


Tim Fulton, Program Coordinator

Tim Fulton, Downtown Inc, York PA

Fulton provides leadership and a strong community connection to the York area in his role at Downtown Inc. Prior to joining, Fulton served as Vice President of Susquehanna Real Estate, LP for 30 years after joining Susquehanna Real Estate in 1983 as Assistant Director. Before joining Susquehanna, Fulton served as Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of York, and is a graduate of American University in Washington with a degree in Sociology.

I stand where the Native American Monocacy Trail crossed the Big Codorus Creek. In 1741, this location is where the first road west of the Susquehanna River crossed the Codorus Creek and would be the site of the first town laid out west of the Susquehanna... York Town

Adam Walters, Project administrator

Adam Walters Project Administrator, Downtown Inc, York PA

A York native, Walters has a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Spanish from York College of Pennsylvania and will be receiving his Master of Public Administration Degree with certificate in Policy Analysis and Evaluation from Penn State University Harrisburg in May 2016.

Walters previously served as an Office Support Assistant at Stock and Leader, Attorneys at Law. Last summer, Walters worked as Downtown Inc’s Economic Development Intern. During his internship, Walters facilitated a comprehensive Downtown Streetscape Inventory, evaluating the safety and walkability of our downtown, yielding almost 900 data points.

The Project Administrator position oversee the projects and programs relating to the Moving Plans into Action initiative: efforts to improve the overall economic health of the City of York through enhancements to Continental Square, the Heritage Rail Trail, the Codorus Creek, and downtown housing and placemaking.   

The opportunity to take in my favorite view of York City is also a chance to reflect on one of the City’s most promising development sites. The success of the Northwest Triangle will ultimately be a triumph of community collaboration, bringing together public and private efforts to create a truly dynamic space.