Katie Meyer is stepping down as executive director of Renaissance Covington after nearly nine years at the helm.
The downtown Covington promotional organization announced the news on Thursday.
Meyer will join Cincinnati Bell as Smart Cities policy adviser, according to a news release.
Meyer is a fifth-generation Covingtonian, graduated from Covington Latin School, the University of Kentucky, and the New School in New York City.
During her tenure, Meyer oversaw Renaissance Covington's transition from a city-operated program to an independent 501(c)3 organization. Renaissance Covington produces such events and programs as Covington Farmers Market, free public WiFi, the downtown parklet program, and the Covington Night Bazaar.
In 2017, Renaissance Covington was recognized by Main Street America with its Great American Main Street Award.
“I’ve spent nearly nine years in my role as Renaissance manager and later executive director of Renaissance Covington. Over the course of those years, I’ve worked with hundreds, maybe thousands, of passionate individuals who all believed in our community and a stronger future for our city," Meyer said in a statement. "It’s been the joy of a lifetime to see our downtown progress and evolve, breathing new life into our historic buildings, creating jobs, and staying true to our legacy of arts, inclusion, and small business growth.”
Meyer will join Cincinnati Bell in January.
The Renaissance Covington board of directors will begin a search for Meyer's replacement in January as well. Meyer will stay on as an adviser until a replacement is made.
“We are appreciative of the service and dedication Katie has given to Renaissance Covington over the years. We wish her much success with Cincinnati Bell; she is an asset to any team,” said Rebekah Gensler, Renaissance Covington board president. “The Renaissance Staff and Board are moving forward with the important work of Renaissance Covington and we look forward to meeting new applicants for the position.”
Photo: Katie Meyer (provided)