Oregon District business group names first executive director

Carolyn DesJardin

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Carolyn DesJardin

The Oregon District Business Association has named its first executive director.

As leader of the association, Carolyn DesJardin will be advocating for the downtown business and entertainment district.

“I believe that community pride and the energy that exists in our historic neighborhoods like the Oregon District can be leveraged and channeled into energy for sustained and sustainable revitalization,” said DesJardin, a native of Detroit.

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Natalie Skilliter, president of the Oregon District Business Association said the association has achieved financial stability allowing the it to also support a management model that will, in turn, support long-term growth for the entertainment district.

“We are delighted to have Carolyn DesJardin in the role of the ODBA’s first executive director,” Skilliter said in a statement.

DesJardin has experience managing business optimization and construction projects for clients including Fortune 500 companies, law firms, government agencies and nonprofits, general contractors, and home owner associations. She has a bachelor of arts in Sociology and Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan.

DesJardin plans to build upon the success of distinctive events such as the Oregon District’s annual Hauntfest, Derby Day, and District Day while adding new events and entertainment options. She also envisions her role acting as liaison with the Oregon District’s residents’ association.

"We've got a lot of work ahead of us. This is just the beginning of an increasingly exciting time for the District in serving local businesses and visitors and residents of the entire Dayton region," she said.

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