28 Oct Welcome Courtney Kramer, New Executive Director
The Beautiful Downtown Lewiston Board of Directors is excited to announce the new executive director, Courtney Kramer. Her first day will be Monday, December 7. She will be making the rounds to introduce herself and get to know you.
Courtney comes to Lewiston from Bozeman, Montana, where she served as the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Bozeman and was an adjunct instructor at Montana State University.
“Her background in historic preservation, experience with obtaining grant funding and past successes in the economic development arena offer our organization the opportunity to continue the momentum and make an even bigger impact downtown,” says Scott Trotter, Beautiful Downtown Lewiston board president and downtown Lewiston small business owner of Image Design Center.
Courtney says, “I’m passionate about historic district revitalization. I look forward to collaborating with community members to continue the positive momentum for Beautiful Downtown Lewiston.” Her collaboration with private, public and institutional stakeholders combined with the leverage of successful grant applications resulted in economic investments and growth for downtown Bozeman.
She has family ties to this area and can count four generations of agricultural roots here. She is relocating to the area with her husband, Dustin Johnson, and daughter. Dustin recently accepted the position as Asotin County engineer and began working in the valley mid-October. “I’ll be able to walk to work, which is awesome!” says Courtney.
Kramer received her Bachelor’s degree in History from Montana State University and a Master of Historic Preservation from the University of Kentucky.
Breanne Durham recently left the position of Beautiful Downtown Lewiston’s Executive Director to take a job with the Washington Main Street Program in Seattle. “Breanne’s enthusiasm and passion for our community brought awareness to our organization,” says Scott. “She facilitated a number of economic development successes downtown and expertly ran events like Hot August Nights, Pumpkin Palooza, Sound Downtown and farmer’s market. Her advocacy for historic preservation and the vitality of downtown is unprecedented. We wish her well in her future endeavors. But, she will be greatly missed.”