PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Peekskill Business Improvement District has a new executive director.
Bill Powers was recently appointed by the BID Board of Directors to fill the part-time position.
Powers has a deep and rich history of promoting Peekskill and has been involved in many of the milestone initiatives that have helped shape the city , and particularly the downtown, over the last 25 years.
“Bill’s business association management background, municipal government experience, and strength in competitive business marketing and public relations make him an ideal choice to direct our BID operations and initiatives," said Louie Lanza, President, Board of Directors, Peekskill BID. Powers once served as full-time Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce during the 1990s. "Peekskill is the last great undeveloped Hudson River city in Westchester County and together, we can do great things in the Downtown."
As chamber director, he managed the Farmers Market in its early years, supported the creation of the Downtown Artist District and, in cooperation with the city, spearheaded the development of the BID— Westchester County’s first.
“This is an exciting time to be in Peekskill with countless people lining up to invest here," Powers said. "Together, we can point Peekskill in an exciting new direction, build on its successes and assets, and enhance the quality of life for property owners, residents, employees and businesses within the BID. A vibrant, healthy downtown benefits everyone in the entire City of Peekskill."
Powers also previously served as Vice Chairman in charge of marketing and public relations for Peekskill Celebration and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as Chairman of the Peekskill St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, and in 2007, served as parade Grand Marshal.
He is a published writer, photographer, and Emmy-nominated television producer. Powers previously held positions as Director of Competitive Media Strategies for Bethpage-based Cablevision Systems Corp., and as Communications and Marketing Manager for the City of New Rochelle. He currently operates his own public relations and television production company, Powers PR Video.
The BID is funded through a small property tax allocation and is centered in the Downtown area of Peekskill. The BID primarily focuses on beautification, safety and security, marketing and promotions, business retention and attraction, and supporting events like the Peekskill Farmer’s Market, Flea market, Cinco De Mayo, Jazz and Blues Festival and the “Peekskill Makes Me Merry” holiday promotions.
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