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Historic Dupont Circle Main Street Hires New Permanent Executive Director

As we were in the final stages of preparing for June issue publication, the following press release was received which we reproduce in its entirety:

“Historic Dupont Circle Main Street has announced that they have hired Bill McLeod to lead the revitalization of this shopping and dining destination in Washington DC. The organization will work to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) to grow the budget of the organization and expand its services to Connecticut Avenue, P Street, NW, and 17th Street, NW.

“‘I and the entire Historic Dupont Circle Main Street Board of Directors are  pleased to have been able to hire Bill McLeod as the next Executive Director,’ said Dail Doucette, Chairman of the Board of Directors.  ‘Dupont Circle is poised to be become the best shopping and dining destination in DC with its highly walkable streets, amazing integrated cultural diversity, history, outstanding retail, and vibrant residential, office, and visitor populations, plus its Metro station.’

“Bill McLeod was the executive director of the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District for six and a half years, a BID using a comprehensive strategy to rebuild and revitalize the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood.  Prior to that, he was the executive director of Barracks Row Main Street, a nonprofit organization charged with revitalizing 8th Street SE on Capitol Hill, for four and a half years.

“‘Dupont Circle is such a dynamic, historic neighborhood for so many reasons,’ said Bill McLeod. ‘The retail is amazing, restaurants are great, there are offices and housing to support the retail – it is just a perfect environment to work in.’

“The mission of HDCMS is to expand our coalition of neighborhood stakeholders; retain, expand and attract a mix of neighborhood businesses; aggressively manage and improve our public spaces; assist independent business owners; preserve the diverse and historic character of our neighborhood and promote Dupont Circle as a destination locally, nationally and internationally. To learn more, visit http://dupontcircle.biz.”

[Editor’s Note: For background on the work of this organization five years following its 2003 inception, see “Dupont Circle Main Streets Organization Credited for Programs Helping Merchants; $5 P Street Valet Parking Starts March 1,” InTowner, February 2008; http://tinyurl.com/kptdsdx. Its work actively continued along the path as reported in 2008 until about January of 2012 when it’s then executive director, Paul K. Williams, resigned.]