HQBD hires new employee

The Historic Quincy Business District has hired an interim staff assistant to help the agency continue it goals for Quincy's downtown. 23 year old Quincy native Deborah Hyde will work with HQBD president Chuck McClain. This is a part time position. Deborah says one of the things she most excited about is coordinating the lighting of Washington Park for Christmas. She's working with others to come up with a more efficient way to get the job done. Deborah also works with GREDF director Jim Mentesti. She says that relationship will also help her in her new position. One of her other duties will be creating a new job description for a full time HQBD director. Deborah expects to hold this position until July or August of next summer.

The following is a news release sent via e-mail this morning regarding Hyde and the HQBD:

October 23, 2008| The Historic Quincy Business District (HQBD) has hired Deborah Hyde as interim staff assistant. Deborah will work under the direction of the HQBD board and its president, Chuck McClain. Her duties will include advancing the initiatives outlined in the organization TMs strategic planning sessions held earlier this year. The position will be part time. Deborah is a University of Illinois graduate and has retail management experience.

HQBD plans to hire a full time executive director and is exploring partnership and funding opportunities. The interim position allows HQBD to fully explore its options while continuing to build on the momentum of its strategic planning sessions. A lot of great things came out of our planning sessions including volunteer committees that have been very active these past few months, said Chuck McClain, HQBD board president. Our hope is these committees will continue to move forward with their initiatives and that Deborah TMs work will only enhance what they are already doing, McClain added.

The HQBD Marketing Committee has developed a Holiday Marketing Campaign in which 47 downtown businesses are participating. The branding campaign includes television, radio and print advertising. The Committee is already working on a 2009 marketing plan. The Economic Development Committee is currently developing a web-based available properties database in conjunction with the Great River Economic Development Foundation. They hope to have the database online before the end of the year. The Environment Committee has held multiple Clean Up days in the downtown.

One of Deborah TMs first projects will be coordinating the Christmas lighting for Washington Park. HQBD has already received a $3,000 donation for the lights from a downtown business. The City, Great River Economic Development Foundation and Quincy Park District will also contribute to the lighting project through funds and services.

In addition to office management duties and special projects, Deborah will coordinate a membership drive in early 2009. I look forward to meeting our downtown business owners, listening to them and becoming a resource and partner in their success, said Deborah. I hope to work with the board to lay the groundwork for downtown Quincy TMs future growth.

With so many wonderful things happening right now, it TMs great to have a person in place as our merchants prepare for the holidays. I am pleased with Deborah TMs credentials in that she has a degree from the University of Illinois and significant retail management experience in St. Louis, which I feel is a real asset. I very much look forward to working with her and to see the HQBD move forward in a positive and successful direction, said Quincy Mayor John Spring.

For more information, visit or call 217.228.8696.

Members of the media are invited to meet Deborah Hyde on Friday, October 24th between 9 and 10 am at Great Debate Books in the Maine Center.