Lori Meeder was unanimously named the new head of the Boyne City Main Street Program at a Friday Jan. 30 special meeting of the Boyne City Main Street Board of Directors.
Meeder comes to the position after a successful career in both the private and public sectors, working with businesses to help them become more successful.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve as the Main Street Executive Director,” said Meeder. “I look forward to devoting my time and energy to our community and to working with the board, the city, our business owners and our volunteers that make this community so special.”
Meeder is currently employed by Northern Initiatives of Marquette as its Senior Lender for Michigan’s Lower Peninsula where she is responsible for business development.
Previously, she served as the Entrepreneurial Division Director for the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, vice-president of operations for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and vice-president of the Corporate Banking Group for National City Bank of Lansing.
Since Meeder and her family moved to Boyne City in 2009, she has been involved in many community activities. She currently serves as a member of the Boyne City Planning Commission, on Team Boyne, and has been active with the Boyne City Main Street program’s organization committee and Boyne Thunder amongst many others.
“On behalf of the entire board of directors, we are very excited to work with Ms. Meeder as we strive to help Boyne City grow and create an environment for businesses to succeed.” said Boyne City Main Street Board Chairman Rob Swartz.
The Boyne City Main Street program has been an award-winning, innovative program since its creation in 2003 as one of the first for communities to be included in what was then the new Michigan Main Street Program.
The Boyne City Main Street program has been designated as a Master Level Program, the highest level attainable under the Michigan Main Street Program.
It is also a nationally accredited program by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Main Street Program focuses on building stronger communities through its four point approach of Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring. The Boyne City Main Street program seeks to achieve this by following its mission statement of: Through community partnerships and a shared vision for the future, work to keep downtown Boyne City vibrant and successful while preserving its historic heritage and supporting sustainable projects.
Meeder will officially begin her duties as the Executive Director of the Boyne City Main Street Program on Sunday March 1.