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RDP Welcomes New Executive Director

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Rochester Downtown Partnership Welcomes New Executive Director
Rochester, Indiana – June 5, 2024
Rochester Downtown Partnership (RDP), a Main Street non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Rochester’s historic downtown district, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Julie Shambarger as its new part-time Executive Director.
Julie brings a wealth of experience in non-profit management, economic development, and community organizing. As Executive Director of the Times Theatre, she has guided that project though its extensive renovation and now it is once again a focal point for our community. Julie will maintain her roll as the Times Executive Director and will also direct RDP. The two organizations work synergistically to expand activities in Downtown Rochester. Julie is well-equipped to lead RDP’s strategic initiatives to enhance the economic vitality of Downtown Rochester through preservation-based development and engaging community events.
As the primary spokesperson for RDP, Julie will represent the interests of Downtown Rochester at all levels, fostering strong relationships with business owners, local government, and community leaders. Julie's key responsibilities will include the development and implementation of strategic plans and policies, leading fundraising efforts, managing daily operations, and overseeing the planning and execution of community development projects and events.
“We are excited to welcome Julie to our team,” said Harry Webb, Chair of the Board of Directors. “We believe Julie's leadership skills and passion for our Downtown will play a crucial role in driving our mission forward. Over the past few years RDP has taken many steps to improve our downtown, with Julie’s leadership we can start making leaps!” Julie commented, “I am honored to join the Rochester Downtown Partnership and contribute to the growth and success of our historic downtown. I look forward to working with the community to bring our shared vision to life.”
The part-time role reflects RDP’s commitment to flexible work arrangements, allowing Julie to dedicate time to both vital organizations. RDP has three active committees and is seeking additional dedicated volunteers. RDP is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Donations to our organization may be tax deductible.
For more information about the Rochester Downtown Partnership and its initiatives, please visit
Contact: Julie Shambarger, Exec Director, Rochester Downtown Partnership
RDP Vision statement
Rochester Downtown Partnership will be the organization that develops, supports, and sustains downtown Rochester as a hub of vitality by providing a conduit for thoughts, goals and actions that supports and enhances lifestyle and economic opportunities for its residents and visitors while maintaining its architectural heritage

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