GRAND HAVEN — Following the resignation of Brigit Hassig, the Main Street Development Authority for Grand Haven has begun a search for a new executive director.
Hassig, who accepted a position as director of operations for Christian Community Church in Spring Lake, said it was be difficult to leave the organization.
“It’s like giving away your baby,” said Hassig, who began as executive director of Downtown Grand Haven Inc. in March 2003, and has headed the development authority since its inception in July, when Downtown Grand Haven merged with the Downtown Development Authority to create one entity.
Though it is hard to walk away from the projects the group is working on, it is a good personal decision, Hassig said.
“This opportunity just works better for me personally and for my family,” she said. “I’ve really been fortunate to be able to contribute to some of the really positive growth within the downtown Grand Haven area.”
Steve Loftis, vice chairman of the Main Street Development Authority, said the group has formed a search committee and a transition team to head the organization until a new executive director is found.
“We’re going to miss Brigit, but we’re all going to move forward and stay on point and stay focused,” he said. “We’re confident that we’ll move in the right direction.”
Loftis said there is no timeline in place for hiring a new executive director, but the organization will take its time and allow board members to weigh in on the decision.
The Main Street Development Authority has been instrumental in several grants under Hassig’s leadership, including a $700,000 Michigan Economic Development Corp. grant for the renovation of public parking areas to support private investment and the creation of jobs, and a $12 million Tax Increment Finance Plan for renovation and revitalization projects such as infrastructure and streetscapes. It also has received Main Street designation and a Cool Cities grant.