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Cleve Ricksecker to Retire as Head of Downtown Groups

Brent Warren Brent Warren Cleve Ricksecker to Retire as Head of Downtown GroupsCleve Ricksecker (center), at an event in 2011. Photo by Nick George.
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The Downtown organizations behind initiatives like the Pearl Street Market and the C-Pass program announced yesterday that the founding executive director of both groups will be retiring at the end of May.

Cleve Ricksecker has served as head of the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID) since 2000, when it was established – with funding from assessments on property owners – to focus on basic quality-of-life issues like safety and litter control. A team of uniformed ambassadors has been walking and biking the streets of the district ever since.

The Discovery SID was formed in 2007, when Ricksecker organized property owners to start a second SID that would focus on the eastern side of downtown.

“Cleve has been a tremendous leader who has done so much good for all of downtown Columbus,” said Matthew Miller, Chair of the Discovery SID board, in a statement. “His leadership has been crucial during the decades-long revitalization of downtown.”

In addition to the “clean and safe” efforts, other programs overseen and supported by the SIDS include homeless outreach coordinators and streetscape improvements around Capitol Square, Gay Street and Nationwide Boulevard.

Marc Conte, who currently serves as Deputy Director of Research, Planning & Facilities, will step into the Acting Executive Director role on June 1. Conte, who produces the annual State of Downtown report, has worked for the SIDS for 13 years.

A nationwide search for a new director will be launched by the boards of the two SIDS “within the next six months,” according to a press release.

For more information, see downtownservices.org.

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