Cary hires new downtown manager

From staff reportsAugust 29, 2013 

— The town has a new downtown manager who will oversee continuing efforts to revitalize the area.

Ted Boyd, who is currently the director of Historic South End at Charlotte Center City Partners, will start his Cary job Sept. 30, the town announced Thursday.

“Ted has the talent, skills, and experience to take our revitalizing downtown to the next level, which includes a focus on recruiting new businesses to downtown and helping us complete and promote several of the public projects we have underway,” Town Manager Ben Shivar said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to having him become part of our organization.”

Boyd was the recipient of one of Charlotte Business Journal’s 2013 “40 Under 40” awards.

In his current job, Boyd specializes in economic development, redevelopment and community engagement initiatives, according to a news release from the town of Cary. He recruited and developed more than 780 small businesses and 3,200 residents in the Historic South End, the news release states.

Before he began work with Charlotte Center City Partners, Boyd served as program director and Tryon Street Mall manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree from The Citadel.

In Cary, he was selected from a pool of 225 applicants.

As downtown manager, Boyd will work to recruit businesses and promote economic growth.

“I am honored to be selected for this position and excited to start working with the Cary community to help build a great downtown,” Boyd said in a statement.

Boyd will replace Ed Gawf, Cary’s first-ever downtown manager. Gawf quit the post in April.

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