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Bainbridge downtown association bids farewell to longtime leader and executive director

The Bainbridge Island Downtown Association will soon have a new leader in its ranks.

The organization announced today that executive director Andie Mackin will be joining the Downtown Seattle Association this month as its new resource development manager.

"The role with the DSA will be an exciting challenge," Mackin said.

"I had an opportunity to work with Dave Willard and the Seattle Metropolitan Improvement District over the holidays and am a big fan of their work."

Over the past five years, Mackin has worked with Bainbridge business owners and community leaders to revitalize and rebuild Bainbridge Island's Main Street Program.

"I have learned from some deeply committed people about what makes a downtown successful, and that will continue to guide me in my work with the Downtown Seattle Association.

Bainbridge has received notable recognition for its growing and vibrant businesses in her time here.

Last year, the city earned Google's 2013 National e-Cities Award and National Main Street Center Accreditation.

In 2012, it was recognized with the Excellence on Main Street Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promotion. The city also earned the Kitsap Peninsula Visitors & Convention Bureau Marketing And Economic Development Award.

"I cannot be more excited for Andie to open this new chapter in her career," said BIDA's Board of Directors President, Tim O'Brien. "She's made such a positive impact in fulfilling the mission of our Downtown Association here on Bainbridge, and I know she'll do very well in the large market of Seattle."

Mackin will remain in an advisory capacity through the transition to a new executive director.

In the meantime, the organization is accepting applications for the position.

Those interested can visit www.bainbridgedowntown.org/jobs to review the job description and requirements.

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