BARRE — It took a little longer than anticipated, but the Granite City’s designated downtown organization has named a new executive director.

Tracie Lewis is now at the helm of the Barre Partnership, relieving Jeffrey Tuper-Giles of the responsibilities he assumed on an interim basis earlier this year after an earlier search fizzled in February.

Lewis, who worked most recently as an account executive for Great Eastern Radio, started work on Monday, allowing Tuper-Giles to resume his former role as president of the partnership's board.

In announcing Lewis’ hiring, Tuper-Giles cited her “passion, positivity and enthusiasm” and said she was a welcome addition to an organization committed to the revitalization, growth and success of Barre’s historic downtown.

“We are excited to have her on board,” he said.

Lewis, a central Vermont native who now lives in Barre and worked with many local businesses in her former job, said the feeling is mutual.

“I couldn’t be more excited to support the businesses of Barre that I know and love,” she said. “I’m excited to be a part of bringing new businesses to Barre, helping those already hear grow and flourish, and making downtown Barre a destination for locals and visitors.”

Among other things, Lewis will be responsible for the development, execution, and documentation of Barre’s Main Street program and will coordinate all program activities and volunteers, while serving as a vocal advocate for the community.

Tuper-Giles had fulfilled some of those functions – first on a part-time basis and later in an interim capacity – since the partnership’s former executive director resigned last September.

A search for Josh Jerome’s successor produced some promising candidates, but stalled in February when three weren’t willing to accept the compensation compensation package the organization was able to offer.

The search was relaunched leading to Lewis’ recent hiring.

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