Downtown Milford, Inc.’s Lee Nelson to retire

Downtown Milford, Inc. Executive Director Lee Nelson is set to retire on July 22. He has been with DMI since 2011. The Chronicle/Archives

Downtown Milford, Inc. Executive Director Lee Nelson is set to retire on July 22. He has been with DMI since 2011. The Chronicle/Archives

MILFORD – After continuing to build up successful events and programs through Downtown Milford, Inc., Executive Director Lee Nelson said it’s a good time to retire.

“I’ve been in mainstreet programming for ten years now. It’s time to retire as a mainstreet manager,” he said.

Mr. Nelson, formerly of Georgia, was hired as the executive director for DMI in 2011. His last day is slated for July 22.

He, along with local artist and wife Anne Jenkins, now plan to take the show on the road with an RV as part-time consultants, helping to grow rural communities nationwide.

“We want to focus on art as an element of economic development in placemaking in America,” he explained.

The pair believes tourism and the arts plays an important role in rural downtown development, not unlike Milford’s successes.

“We want to stay in that area, developing rural America. I think it adds value,” Mr. Nelson said. “We had the diversity mural here and our cooperative with Maryland and Virginia that have proven to be very successful in Milford. They all played a part in placemaking.”

The DMI Board of Directors will begin meeting soon to discuss Mr. Nelson’s retirement and replacement options.

 

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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