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DeKalb chamber close to naming new event planner

Published: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce could announce a new downtown event planner as early as next week.

The Chamber applied for and received a $45,000 grant from the city in June to fund the position, which had been performed by Lindsey Engelsman of Re:New DeKalb. Engelsman left that role last week for a job with KishHealth System.

Matt Duffy, the Chamber’s executive director, said the organization advertised the opening in July and has been working to find the right candidate for the job.

“We’ve already gone through the interview process and just need to formally offer and bring somebody on board,” Duffy said. “They’ll handle events like the farmers market ... and any new things that we’ll be doing.”

Duffy said that the transition to a new event planner will require no additional funds from the city for now.

“We’re not going back for any changes in funding,” he said. “That won’t change – just a different person in that role.”

Engelsman started this week as a project coordinator in the marketing and public relations department at KishHealth System.

“I feel very fortunate for the opportunities, challenges and personal growth that came along with working for Re:New DeKalb and excited that I am able to continue working for an organization that strives to enhance the community in which we live,” Engelsman wrote in an email.

The Chamber originally requested the city grant because Re:New DeKalb is shifting its priorities. Re:New leaders have said they want to expand the organization’s focus beyond downtown DeKalb and plan to become an entirely private organization.

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