Betsy Rowell steps down as head of Historic Downtown Association

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - After six-years as Director of the Historic Downtown Association, Betsy Rowell is stepping down effective Tuesday, Jan., 31.

In Rowell's time as director much has been accomplished toward the revitalization of downtown. Since 2008 many retail outlets and restaurants have opened . Rowell says the addition of apartments at the remodeled Carter and America buildings on Front St. has been phenomenal for the city.

Rowell says she is proud of the progress that's been made and knows the job is not done. She said she had a realization in the fall it was time to step down and let someone else take over.

"We have a new president each year and each one comes in with their own priorities," said Rowell. "We've had lighting as a priority, infrastructure improvements, original art pieces on the building on the streets, and special events have been a priority. We've checked off a lot off the list in the last few years and I think it's someone else's turn now."

Rowell says she doesn't have any set plans for the future except to do some private consulting in the short term.

A successor has not yet been named to replace Rowell.

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