Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New PDP Chief Begins Work

The new head of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership says that it won’t be easy to secure public and private support during a slow economic recovery, but he’s ready to take up the challenge.

PDP President and CEO Jeremy Waldrup says he’s eager to start working with the PDP Board, the city’s government, and the private sector to put together a collective vision for Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle.

Waldrup says he worked for New York City as the liaison between the city’s government and the network of 64 business improvement districts there.

“I’m on the other side of the equation now, working for the actual improvement district, the nonprofit organization, but I think I have a lot of relevant experience and insight that can help continue to ensure that the PDP progresses in a really positive way for Downtown,” says Waldrup.

He says he also wants to continue policies to attract and retain residents in the area, such as not requiring citizens to pay a fee for improvement district services.

Waldrup says after taking a “crash course” on the city after being named to his post last month, he and his family moved to Pittsburgh just days ago.

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