VAN WERT – The Board of Directors of Main Street Van Wert are excited
to announce that Dan Baisden has been appointed to serve as the
organization’s new program manager.
Baisden serves as a regional
leader for Congress for the New Urbanism Midwest whose mission is to
create vibrant and walkable cities, towns and neighborhoods where people
have diverse choices for how they live, work and shop. Baisden is also
an urban planning student with a focus on small and rural communities
and is working to complete his degree from Arizona State University. He
has certificates in grant writing from Ivy Technical Community College
and is enrolled in certification courses for historic preservation.
2012 to 2015, he was the director of programming and on-air host at
regional radio station Majic 95.1 WAJI where he also played a role in
event and project development/management at several highly recognized
“Dan demonstrated his passion for Main Street Van Wert
during the search process; we’re excited for this next phase of the
organization,” said Board President Mark Verville. “He already has a lot
of great ideas and will be able to hit the ground running when he
starts in the office the first week of May.”
Baisden brings a host
of diverse skills and ideas to the organization, specifically in the
Four-Point Approach of Organization, Promotion, Design and Business
Development. His background includes service as a board member of
several non-profit organizations, volunteer leadership, tourism
branding/marketing and a passion for economic development.
excited to be working with such an engaged Board of Directors and
welcoming Main Street community of business owners and investors,”
Baisden said. “Van Wert has many top assets that I hope to begin
promoting and leveraging towards long-term Main Street economic
vitality. I have big shoes to fill in the absence of Adam Ries who has
worked hard at building a such a great organization, and I look forward
to continuing the positive momentum that has been occurring throughout
The public can meet Baisden who will be at the Van
Wert Elks on Thursday, April 27, for the Celebrate Downtown annual Main
Street Van Wert dinner featuring guest speaker Jason Duff who is an
acclaimed speaker, real-estate developer and award winning entrepreneur.
Individuals are encouraged to reserve their seats by April 21. Tickets
are $35 per person or $65 per couple.
For more information on Main
Street Van Wert and how to purchase tickets for the upcoming event,
please visit www.mainstreetvanwert.com.