Georgia manager hired as CEO of Downtown Fresno Partnership

The Fresno BeeJune 11, 2014 

An economic development manager from Georgia has been hired to take over as president and chief executive of the Downtown Fresno Partnership.

Aaron Blair will assume the role in July. He replaces Kate Borders, who left the downtown association in March.

Blair is currently the downtown city manager in Albany, Ga., and executive director of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority (ADICA), which is charged with revitalizing the city's downtown.

He brought in 28 new businesses and $4 million in private investment to one of that nation's poorest communities during his nearly four years in Albany, according to a release from the Downtown Fresno Partnership.

Borders led the nonprofit downtown partnership for 2 1/2 years, and received much praise from colleagues for her contributions to downtown Fresno, including its farmers market and its holiday ice skating rink.

She left to take a similar position as president/executive director of Downtown Tempe Community, a private organization that teams with the city of Tempe to promote the Mill Avenue District.

The Downtown Fresno Partnership started three years ago to promote growth and events downtown. It is classified as a property-based business improvement district (PBID) and is a nonprofit organization comprised of property owners. PBIDs only have a five-year lifespan, and the Partnership will need property owner support to be renewed in January 2015.

The reporter can be reached at htraceynoren@fresnobee.com or on Twitter @HtraceyNoren

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