by Jim Nintzel
Glenn Lyons, executive director of the Downtown Tucson Partnership, is on his way out of town.
The release from DTA:
Glenn Lyons will be leaving his position as CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership in May to lead a similar public-private group in Des Moines, Iowa.
Lyons has accepted a position as President and CEO of the Downtown Community Alliance, an economic and community development organization. The group recruited Lyons based on the strength of his work on behalf of the Downtown Tucson Partnership, a non-profit group that
works to improve business conditions in downtown Tucson.
“Tucson has great potential, and I’m going to miss seeing the work we’ve done come to fruition,” Lyons said. “I’m confident the Downtown Tucson Partnership will continue working toward creating one of the most dynamic urban centers in the southwest, but its success will depend on continued support from the City of Tucson and other stakeholders.”
Lyons came to the Downtown Tucson Partnership in February 2008, leaving a similar position in Alberta, Canada, to assume a leading role in downtown redevelopment efforts.
“Glenn will be missed. He has a real understanding of what it takes to build a dynamic, successful vibrant downtown,” said Larry Hecker, Chairman of the Downtown Tucson Partnership’s Board of Directors. “It involves economic development, the arts, entertainment, residential — the whole package. He gets it.”
Lyons will not be leaving until May 7, allowing him to work with the Board on a transition plan and to structure a search process for his replacement.
“This is a critical time in the development of downtown Tucson,” Hecker said. “We’re disappointed to be losing Glenn, but the progress that’s been made and the tremendous momentum that exists will continue. Glenn has assembled a strong organization that will be able to continue developing, improving and marketing downtown while changing perceptions about our city’s revitalization.”