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Rogers Named New President and CEO of NewTown Macon

Josh Rogers named new President and CEO of NewTown Macon - Macon GA - December 2013On December 6, 2013, NewTown Macon announced the appointment of Historic Macon Foundation Executive Director Josh Rogers as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, effective April 1, 2014. He will succeed longtime NewTown President and CEO Mike Ford, who in November announced he will be moving to the next chapter of his career in early 2014.

“In searching for a successor to continue the momentum we have achieved under Mike Ford’s leadership, we looked for a candidate who had a strong record of success in producing positive and quantifiable results in prior positions of leadership, as well as expertise in the field of community revitalization and experience developing and leveraging public and private resources to promote revitalization and economic growth,” said William D. Underwood, Mercer University president and chair of NewTown’s board of directors.

“We also wanted a leader with experience in creatively deploying the various tools Josh Rogers named new President and CEO of NewTown Macon - Macon GA - December 2013available to promote community revitalization, including historic and new market tax credits, and someone with demonstrated management ability and capacity to work effectively with other public and private organizations, such as the Urban Development Authority, the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, the College Hill Alliance, the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, and the city-county government. We believe Josh Rogers possesses all of these characteristics. Our community has been cultivating him for this responsibility for the past decade.”

Mike Ford, current President and CEO of NewTown, said, “When I think about a CEO for NewTown, I believe it should be someone who cooperates with others, someone who likes people, and someone who builds alliances with other organizations. It should be someone who is sensitive, trusts his staff and volunteers, and someone who can make decisions. It should be someone who has the education and work Josh Rogers named new President and CEO of NewTown Macon - Macon GA - December 2013experience to hit the ground running. Josh is all of these things and a lot more. I am confident that he will move NewTown to the next level.”

“NewTown is like my professional alma mater, since it’s where I first worked in revitalization and where I found my vocation, so it’s exciting to be coming home,” said Josh Rogers. “Mike Ford remains a once-in-a-lifetime mentor for me and it’s an honor and privilege to inherit his legacy. Downtown Macon is at an unprecedented tipping point and I hope to lead NewTown from strength to strength in realizing downtown’s renaissance over the next several years.”

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