Newly appointed downtown manager has close ties to Holland
Dana L. Kollewehr has been appointed Holland's first downtown manager. She comes from Grand Haven, where she guided downtown development there for the past six years. Contributed
The commute for newly appointed Holland Downtown Manager Dana L. Kollewehr isn’t going to be any longer that it has been in her current position as executive director of the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority.
The West Olive resident will just have to point her vehicle south instead of north upon leaving in the morning for Holland. Her first day on the job is set for Aug. 5.
“I’m extremely excited about this appointment and opportunity,” said Kollewehr, a Spring Lake High School graduate. “I have a deep fondness for West Michigan. I’m really excited to continue what I do and what I have a passion for in Holland.”
Kollewehr, 30, has spent the past six years guiding Grand Haven’s downtown landscape.
She emerged as the clear choice to oversee Holland’s downtown growth following discussion by a seven-member selection committee comprised of four members of the Principal Shopping District board and three from the Downtown Development Authority board, including the board chairs of both organizations.
“I think it was a unanimous feeling she’d be a good fit for that,” Holland Director of Community and Neighborhood Services Phil Meyer told The Sentinel.
Her new role combines responsibilities for the DDA and Principal Shopping District. It includes marketing and promotions as well as maintenance and improvements to the downtown infrastructure along with downtown planning and economic development.
The new position was created after the departure of Mimi Fritz, who was Principal Shopping District coordinator for eight years, and Patty Fitzpatrick, DDA coordinator for 20 years. The two groups decided to bring together the responsibilities of both positions.
Kollewehr understands she has some big shoes to fill.
“It’s a challenge. There are a lot of positive things happening in downtown Holland,” she said. “It has a stellar reputation. The challenge is maintaining that momentum and searching for new opportunities. There’s always work to do.
“I’m very much looking forward to being a part of that.”
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