Garden City Downtown Vision has hired a new executive director, and she's scheduled to start her new job later this month.

Shelia Crane will take the helm of the organziation on April 30, approximately five months after the departure of former executive director Myca Bunch, who left to become president of the Garden City Area of Commerce. Long-standing DTV member Shonda Collins has served as the interim executive director since late January.

“We are very excited for Shelia to begin her role as the new executive director,” said Deb Oyler, president of the DTV board. “Her strong background in economic development, combined with her experience in tourism, marketing and event planning make her the perfect person for this position.”

Crane worked for more than six years collaborating at local, regional and state levels on economic development projects spanning small business and agriculture developments to infrastructure and renewable energy initiatives in southeast Colorado. Her expertise was bolstered by her work with the International Economic Development Council.

Crane served a term representing southeast Colorado on the Economic Development Council of Colorado’s board. She also served on the board for Southeast Colorado Business Retention, Expansion and Attraction for five years representing the economic developers in a six-county region.

During her time in southeast Colorado, she also served for six years as the executive director for the nonprofit Baca County Economic Development Commission. Her positions allowed her to work on projects with national companies.

“I look forward to getting acquainted with business owners and community leaders in Garden City, as well as connecting with strategic partners both locally and around the state to move the goals of Downtown Vision forward,” said Crane, who is a former small business owner herself.

Her position will charge her with a primary focus of promoting business and economic interests in the downtown district.

Collins will maintain a presence in the office through Crane’s training and transition.

Crane and her husband, Rocky Crane, recently moved to Garden City. They have adult children and eight grandchildren.

 

Contact Mark Minton at mminton@gctelegram.com.