Downtown Durham Inc. hires new leader

From staff reportsMay 20, 2013 

— Downtown Durham Inc. has hired Geoff Durham, economic development director for Fairfax, Va., as its president and CEO.

Durham, 42, starts his new job in July, DDI announced Monday. He succeeds Bill Kalkhof, who led the organization for 20 years before retiring at the end of April.

“Downtown Durham is an amazing and vibrant area with impressive momentum, but I’m ready to help facilitate and lead the next era of progress for the city,” said Durham.

Durham has 12 years’ experience in economic development, in Fairfax and Silver Spring, Md., both suburbs of Washington, D.C.

“With his wealth of experience and passion for downtown revitalization and economic growth, Geoff is the right person at the right time for downtown Durham,” DDI board Chairman Tucker Bartlett said in a prepared statement.

Fairfax is a city of 23,000. As economic development director there, Durham has been involved in revitalizing the city’s primary commercial corridor and developing a 150,000-square-foot mixed-use project downtown.

The Fairfax redevelopment won an Award of Excellence from NAIOP, a commercial real-estate trade association, and a Washington Business Journal Real Estate Retail Deal of the Year Award.

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