Karen Donovan stepping down as Executive Director for the Downtown Issaquah Association
January 1, 2017.
October 3, 2016 – Issaquah – “It is with mixed emotions that I am resigning as Executive Director for the Downtown Issaquah Association effective January 1, 2017. Time constraints from additional client work from the Washington State Fair and a new contract with Live Nation/Cirque Du Soleil will not allow me sufficient time to give DIA to grow and continue their great work.
I am very proud of what DIA has accomplished over the past five years and would like to continue to be involved with them to keep that momentum going during these exciting times. DIA is working with the city to develop a streetscape plan, identify and program underutilized spaces and develop a merchant program. Improvements have started at the Shell Station including a new coat of paint and there are plans to add lighting, seating and landscaping.
DIA continues to expand events to attract residents and visitors. We’ve created solid partnerships with our events including the Fantastic Fly-In event with the paragliding community, King County Parks, the chamber and artEAST. The popular Gas Station Blues, in conjunction with the Washington State Blues Society, brings in talented blues musicians for several weeks during the summer. ArtWalk, Zombie Walk, Wine Walk and Fenders on Front Street continue to be community favorites.
The DIA board and committees are filled with innovative and caring individuals that are committed to continue the work of the DIA mission – to promote and enhance the vitality of historic Downtown Issaquah through programs and events that celebrate our unique culture.
“We’re very sad to see Karen go, “states DIA President Keith Watts. “She helped connect the Downtown not only to our local community, but also to the County and State in ways we never imagined and with benefits that will stay with us for decades. Thank you Karen for your great service and we wish you all the luck with your future endeavors.”