Selby tapped as Bristol’s new downtown partnership director
BRISTOL — The Bristol Downtown Community Partnership has hired a new executive director. Kate Selby of New Haven will replace outgoing executive director Carol Wells.
Selby, who has lived in New Haven for two decades, is a native of Westchester County, N.Y. She owns a horse farm called The Equestry, and said she wanted to take on something new.
“I am doing less at the farm, and have downsized the horse training and lessons business,” Selby said. “With the kids grown, I wanted to give back to the community.”
Selby said she is eager to get to work.
“It’s such a vibrant organization, and it’s great to be a part of it and get to watch plans come to fruition,” Selby said. “I want more people to know about it and Bristol’s downtown.”
Wells orchestrated the search for her replacement.
“We got about eight or nine résumés and we interviewed four candidates,” Wells said. The hiring committee consisted of a half-dozen members of the BDCP board.
Wells said the BDCP sought someone from the five-town area. Selby, in their view, was the best candidate.
“We thought she had the skills we were looking for,” Wells said. “She owns her own business and knows marketing and promotion, and how to organize events. She has a good reputation in the area and is pleasant and enthusiastic.”
The position is part-time, only 12 hours per week. The executive director performs a litany of tasks, such as referring businesses to a variety of resources throughout the county, helping fill vacancies at downtown properties, and overseeing three committees dedicated to improving different aspects of Bristol. The executive director also meets with stakeholders, property owners and retailers, attends statewide conferences with individuals who perform similar functions in other parts of the state and manages the BDCP’s website, discoverbristolvt.com.
“The executive director position works through the board and helps oversee and organize various projects,” Wells said.
Wells, who has held the position for six years, said she wants to spend more time on other projects with which she has become involved.
“My husband and I want to slow down and slide into semi-retirement,” Wells said. “I felt it was time to move on, and hand over the reins. We still own property in downtown Bristol and are big supporters of the BDCP.”
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