DFI prepares to name Everman permanent director again

DFI Executive Director Kelly Everman addresses her board. (Alfred Miller/alfred.miller@state-journal.com)

Frankfort’s downtown revitalization program is getting ready to pull the “interim” tag off its director.

Terri Bennett, newly elected president of Downtown Frankfort Inc.’s Board of Directors, told The State Journal Tuesday that she plans to propose hiring Kelly Everman full-time at next month’s board meeting.

Everman, who served as director from 2008 to 2011, rejoined DFI in April following the March departure of Kim Strohmeier. Everman was rehired at the equivalent of $37,000 annually to serve as interim director for four months. She has continued in that role since.

Bennett said she is interested in expanding DFI’s budget and its scope to include more business development downtown.

“We need to be more progressive,” said Bennett, who is retired from Kentucky’s Cabinet for Economic Development and now owns her own interior design business. “We need to be more of a business development entity.

Bennett said the advent of Capital Plaza redevelopment presents a “prime opportunity” to shape downtown and capture some of the business that the addition of 1,500 state employees could bring.

In addition to Bennett being named board president on Tuesday, outgoing president Harry Carver was named vice president, René True was named secretary and Robert Olds was named treasurer. Jack Kennedy, Taylor Marshall and Becky King also serve on DFI’s board.

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