Downtown OKC Inc. hires new president

Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 7:00 am

The Journal Record

OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- Jane Jenkins on Tuesday was named president of business improvement district Downtown OKC Inc. Jenkins, the chairwoman of the International Downtown Association, will begin her duties as president in March.

"Jane's history of leading successful business improvement districts and experience in downtown management and revitalization makes her the perfect choice," said Downtown OKC Chairman David Rainbolt.

Jenkins is the executive director of the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District, a position she has held since 2000. Under her leadership, Downtown Boulder developed and implemented a consistent brand identity and maintained a 95-percent retail occupancy rate.

Jenkins is also immediate past president of the Colorado Community Revitalization Association and served as a board member of the Texas Downtown Association.

Jenkins holds a bachelor's degree in communication arts education from Oral Roberts University and a master's in public administration from the University of North Texas. She taught secondary school in Chandler and Tulsa before beginning her downtown management career in Wagoner as the Main Street manager. After serving in the same capacity in Pawhuska, Jenkins moved to Denton, Texas, where she managed the downtown development program for eight years before joining the staff of the National Trust for Historic Preservation as the regional director of the Southwest Office in Fort Worth, Texas.

"Downtown Oklahoma City is an exceptional example of what a community can accomplish with a commitment to a common vision," said Jenkins. "From a distance, I have watched the impressive turnaround of downtown Oklahoma City. It will be a tremendous opportunity to have a front-row seat for downtown's rise to the next level."

Jenkins replaces Brett Hamm, who resigned in September after two years in the post. Dave Lopez, Hamm's predecessor, held the job from 2004-2006. Downtown OKC's first president, Devery Youngblood, had the job from 2000-2004.

The business improvement district is up for renewal in 2011.

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