FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Downtown Bozeman Partnership Executive Director, Chris Naumann, Resigns
(BOZEMAN, MT—October 12, 2020) – The Downtown Bozeman Partnership announced today that Chris Naumann has resigned as Executive Director. He will remain at the Partnership until December 18, 2020 to ensure an efficient and effective transition. Naumann joined the organization as Executive Director in 2007.
“It has been an honor to have led the Downtown Partnership and served its stakeholders over the past 13 years. Downtown Bozeman has a tremendous legacy spanning 150 years and a very exciting future; it has been my privilege to have played a very small role in both,” said Naumann.
Under his leadership, the Downtown Bozeman Partnership was formally incorporated in 2007, and he responsibly increased the organization’s capacity from two employees to four over the last decade. In 2008, he established the Downtown Business Improvement District graffiti removal program that has removed over 3,800 graffiti tags.
Following the 2009 explosion and fire, Naumann organized a downtown relief fund that garnered $200,000 in contributions that provided financial support to 90 employees and residents directly impacted by the disaster. In response to the coinciding recession, he created the first of five Urban Renewal District grant programs that catalyzed dozens of public infrastructure, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and infill development projects.
Bobby Bear, chairperson of the Downtown Urban Renewal District Board, said she thanks Naumann for his years of service and dedication noting that she will miss his knowledge and sage advice. She reflected further, “he enabled Downtown Bozeman to grow and flourish into the vibrant community that it is today. His leadership and dedication to Downtown has resulted in successful renovations and stunning new buildings in accordance with our Downtown Plans. As a long-time member of the URD Board I have seen first-hand the amount of work and diligence it takes to manage downtown’s diverse group of stakeholders. He did so with good grace and a sense of humor. He leaves us with a superb staff that will help carry us forward.”
Naumann spearheaded the creation of the 2009 and 2019 Downtown Bozeman Improvement Plans and the renewal of the Business Improvement District in 2010 and 2020. Naumann explained, “With the exciting new vision outlined in the Downtown Plan and another ten-year term for the Business Improvement District, the time seemed right to move on with the next chapter in my career.” He has accepted a position as a Senior Planner at Sanderson Stewart.
"All of the downtown organizations have improved substantially during the past decade and they are now on a really solid foundation. So much of that is due to Chris's leadership and guidance, and it's helped enable downtown to be the vibrant place that it is today,” said Eric Bowman, owner of Owenhouse Ace Hardware and Downtown Business Improvement District chairperson. “I'd like to thank him both personally and on behalf of the boards for his years of dedication to downtown Bozeman and wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor,” Bowman added.
Bowman and Bear said the Downtown Partnership will immediately begin the process to fill the position and hoped to have a new executive director early next year.
Chris Naumann, Executive Director
Downtown Bozeman Partnership
Bobby Bear, Downtown URD Chairperson
Downtown Bozeman Partnership