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New Transitions for Downtown Association and Economic Development Group

Fri, Apr 30, 2021

New Transitions for Downtown Association and Economic Development Group

The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association is seeking an Executive Director to replace Sarah Lu Heath as she moves into a new role at the Columbia Pacific Economic Development District (Col-Pac).

Astoria, OR: After four and a half years with Sarah Lu Heath at the helm of the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association (ADHDA), the organization  is opening the search for a new Executive Director. Heath is moving into a newly created Programs Manager position with the Columbia Pacific Economic Development District. 

During her tenure as Executive Director Sarah Lu may be most well known for historic preservation projects, protecting business infrastructure and our architectural heritage. Securing grants for facade renovations at the Riviera Building, Astoria Odd Fellows Building, and Cochran Building have left a noticeable change in the historic district. As a housing advocate Heath played an instrumental role in the re-development of the Merwyn Hotel into 40 new housing units. 

“Sarah Lu has worked tirelessly to make sure Astoria’s downtown keeps its unique character while creating new opportunities for economic development,” stated ADHDA Board President Julie Kovatch. “We have been lucky to have such a strong director lead our organization through this past year full of challenges, and we wish her the best on her new adventure.” 

The Columbia Pacific Economic Development District coordinates and manages NW Oregon’s regional economic development serving Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and western Washington counties. Heath will be taking on the newly created position of Programs Manager and will organize and coordinate programs to achieve larger organizational goals and coordinate efforts between different projects.

“Col-Pac is pleased to welcome Sarah Lu to our team,” announced Col-Pac’s Executive Director Ayreann Colombo. “Her background, skills and professional network in our region will be great assets as we look to grow our organization and strengthen the resources and services we bring to the region and our economic development partners.”

ADHDA will be opening the search at the beginning of May for the new Executive Director position. Ideal applicants will have a non-profit leadership background, management and economic development skills, and supervisory experience. Must be well organized, energetic, and work well with volunteers and a diverse group of stakeholders.


See the full job description and how to apply here. pdf Document

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