Kathy Deacon was named the new executive director of the UPtown Partnership, effective May 3, according to a release from the agency’s Board of Directors.
Deacon will lead the implementation of revitalization activities within the UPtown Martinsville commercial district, using the national Main Street Approach for UPtown economic development.
Deacon, a serial entrepreneur, is a business development and marketing professional with more than 35 years of experience. She worked in international developments in DC for nearly 25 years before moving to Stanton, VA where she founded and ran a consulting business, offering business development, marketing, and entrepreneurship services.
“I appreciate the board’s confidence in me. I’m delighted to land in this amazing community and to have the opportunity to work with the organization’s board, committees, community volunteers, the City of Martinsville, and other community stakeholders in the important revitalization work that has begun in earnest in the UPtown District,” Deacon said.