New Project Manager’s Been Around the Block
In a Monday afternoon function, Warren GROWS introduced it’s new Executive Director, James Dalessandro.
Dalessandro’s responsibilities will be coordinating, initiating and implementing a Downtown Development Program that utilizes the National Main Street Community process. That process has four basic prongs 1). organization 2). promotion 3). design and 4). economic restructuring.
It is reported that when asked yesterday “where he was going to start first” his answer was that he “didn’t know” and it “was up to the Board” to decide. I’m not really comfortable with that answer and wonder if he’s done his “homework” on Downtown.
Before coming to this position, Mr. Dalessandro worked as a sales associated for an international retail operation; academic adviser; search consultant; consumer loan and vendor specialist at FirstMerit Bank; a development manager with Multiple Sclerosis Society; owned his own retail clothing company and owned his own ad agency.
Dalessandro commented to the “Trib” that his job will be listening to “people and merchants” to hear “what they are really saying”. When merchants speak up, he said his job will be to figure out what “they are really saying” and seeing if plans can be adjusted. I guess you can add interpreter to one of those job listings but I think when Downtown Merchant say they “want diagonal parking” they really mean “they want diagonal parking.”