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An Elizabethtown native is returning home to lead the Elizabethtown Hardin County Heritage Council as the new executive director.
Heath Seymour begins full-time duties April 18. He recently moved from Scottsville to Buffalo with his wife, LeeAnn, and two children.
Seymour was selected for the job by a hiring committee appointed by the council’s board and approved by the board.
His duties will include the revitalization of downtown and initiating parts of the mayor’s plans for the city.
The position was vacated by Dana Beth Lyddan in December when she moved to Indiana.
Seymour was unavailable for comment Monday afternoon when the council made the announcement. He is expected in town today.
The council’s volunteer chairwoman Kathy Helm said Seymour’s experience makes him right for the position.
“We were looking for specific Main Street experience, and he’s definitely got that,” she said.
Seymour most recently served as executive director for the Hearth of Scottsville Main Street program in southcentral Kentucky.
He helped obtain more than $600,000 in grant money there and projects in Scottsville’s downtown area surpassed $23 million during a three-year period.
Seymour also has worked as director of the Main Street organizations for Statesboro, Ga., and Hodgenville.
In Hodgenville, he helped bring the downtown job growth rate to 8 percent, with all downtown retail and living space occupied.
He also helped in Hodgenville to secure $4.5 million in federal and state funding for downtown, as well as a new $150,000 sculpture and $150,000 for a downtown facade program.
Helm said Seymour also will be good in the position because his is acquainted with the area. His family owned Seymour Shoes in downtown Elizabethtown for many years, she said.
“He seemed like the perfect fit,” she said.
Helm said the council is planning a reception to allow the public to meet Seymour. She hopes that event will take place by the end of the month.
Seymour’s first responsibility in his new position will be helping to organize the council’s annual Dinner for the Dearly Departed, which is planned for May 13.
Seymour has a master’s degree in business administration in entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in painting from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or email@example.com.