The new executive director of the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership is excited to join the community-focused organization.
The downtown association recently hired Jess Stangeland to the
full-time position. Her first day was April 15.
“I love the community down here, and I know a lot of the business
owners already,” she said.
Stangeland is a Tri-City native who most recently worked for two years as manager at Fuse SPC, Richland’s co-working community. She helped oversee Fuse’s move into a newly renovated building last year.
Stangeland said she’s excited to join the downtown Kennewick group,
as the area is at a tipping point with the opening of Columbia Gardens Urban
Wine and Artisan Village, plans for a culinary institute, the opening of the new
commercial Red Mountain Kitchen and other building renovations.
“It is imperative that HDKP not only be a healthy, thriving organization
but that we have a seat at the table. I plan to increase our revenue through
sponsors and membership; build strong relationships with the port, city, regional
chamber, and public and private entities surrounding the downtown; and rally
this community to form more grass-roots efforts to revitalize downtown,” she
Stangeland has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Seattle
University. Her career has taken her through the real estate, nonprofit
administration and retail management sectors.
Additionally, she has served as a board director for Leadership
Tri-Cities and Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and has been involved in
numerous community organizations, such as TriConf, Tri-Art for Giving and DrewBoy
Creative. She was also executive producer for TEDxRichland and TC Tech Summit.
“We had a great slate of candidates to review for the position,
but one kept standing out from the others,” said Jay Freeman, board president
for HDKP, in a news release. “We are very excited to have Jess come work for
us. Her skill set will be a good addition to the operational improvements we are
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