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CHEAP SEATS: BDIA chooses right person for nearly impossible job



Downtown Belleville and the Belleville Downtown Improvement Association have some huge obstacles to turn their fortunes around in the next couple years.

But at least the BDIA has the right person running the show.

In what is unquestionably the best decision the BDIA has made in years, the association announced Monday the hiring of former Quinte Ballet School executive director Marilyn Lawrie as the new executive director for the downtown improvement association.

Lawrie is everything the BDIA needs in an executive director, including important strong enough to stand up to various voices, inside and outside of the organization, who might try to throw her off course.

Proof of her attributes came in her first media scrum Monday, where she challenged assumptions both that the BDIA is in trouble and that she lacks the business history to run the organization.

As Lawrie pointed out, she has run plenty of businesses in the past, they were just art related.

And second, the BDIA is not a business. It is a non-profit organization that represents business. Thus it needs to be run that way, instead of like the businesses it represents.

Trying to overcome the myriad of challenges facing downtown will be difficult; and doing it as a part-time job nearly impossible.

But, in Marilyn Lawrie, at least the BDIA has the right person trying.

I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats.

From the Cheap Seats can be heard Monday to Friday at 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and noon on 95.5 Hits FM and Cool 100.1


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