Downtown Business Improvement District has new coordinator

Lindsey Johnson starts her duties March 16

Shawano’s downtown Business Improvement District has hired a new coordinator.

Lindsey Johnson, a resident of the city who works at CRI, will start her duties with the BID on March 16, according to BID Board President Jennifer Hoffman.

Johnson was chosen from a field of seven finalists for the job.

“She came in with a lot of ideas about how we could do things differently,” Hoffman said. “She’s very organized and already knows a lot of the businesses downtown.”

Her duties will include organizing BID events, meeting with downtown businesses and finding ways for those business to work together in promotional efforts, acting as a liaison between the BID and the Shawano Downtown Business Association, promoting the BID’s facade grants, and organizing the BID board’s annual meeting.

The position is technically part-time, but there are no set hours.

“It’s a contracted position,” Hoffman said. “We have a set of expectations for her and she will have assigned responsibilities. We’ve kind of revamped (the position) to do some different things.”

Johnson will be paid a set amount, but, Hoffman declined to give specifics, saying she would have to check with the rest of the BID board to see if she’s able to reveal that amount.

Hoffman said the BID board is planning to put out a press release before Johnson’s start date next week to provide more information about their new coordinator and introduce her to the community.

The position has been vacant since November when Marisa Rycroft resigned for health reasons.

Rycroft passed away in January after several years battling cancer.