Cambridge Main Street picks Clendaniel as new director

Cambridge celebrated its Summer Sendoff this past weekend, with an enthusiastic crowd and Spark in Da Pan (shown above) playing their “island-version” steel drum music.

Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper Cambridge celebrated its Summer Sendoff this past weekend, with an enthusiastic crowd and Spark in Da Pan (shown above) playing their “island-version” steel drum music. The Sendoff is a Cambridge Main Street event.

CAMBRIDGE — The Board of Directors of Cambridge Main Street announces that Kathleen “Katie” Clendaniel has been appointed as its new executive director. Ms. Clendaniel, a former board member of Cambridge Main Street, will bring a host of diverse skills and extensive knowledge to the organization in the areas of community development, grant writing, tourism, promotion, volunteerism, and historic preservation.

“We are very fortunate to find the right candidate at the right time for the organization. Katie has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience with Main Street Programs. She demonstrated her passion toward downtown Cambridge during the search process and displayed a commanding understanding of the four points of the National Main Street program – Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring, and Design – as well as our local fifth point of Environmental Stewardship,” stated Tom Hutchinson, president of the Board of Directors. “She already has a lot of great ideas and will be able to hit the ground running when she officially takes the helm on Oct. 3, 2016.”

Ms. Clendaniel is currently program administrator for the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area which is administered through the Department of Tourism for Dorchester County. From 2012 to 2015, she was the Coordinator of Housing and Community Development for Delmarva Community Services (DCS) where she played an essential role in project management and grant writing to secure funding for the Chesapeake Grove Community Center which is now under construction. Prior to DCS, she was the Community Development Coordinator for the Town of Easton.

“I am excited to be taking on a new role with Cambridge Main Street which will combine years worth of passion for community development and our historic downtown district. Our city has many great assets that I hope to begin leveraging towards long term downtown economic vitality,” stated Ms. Clendaniel. “I look forward to continuing the positive momentum that is occurring throughout the City of Cambridge.”

Ms. Clendaniel received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology at Massey University in New Zealand and her master’s degree in anthropology at the University of Maryland. She has a certificate in historic preservation and was a member of the Cambridge Historic District Commission from 2010 to 2013. As previously mentioned, she served as a board of director of Cambridge Main Street in 2009 and 2010. Additionally, she is a graduate of Shore Leadership and currently serves on their board of directors as well as the board for the Choptank Heritage Trail.

Ms. Clendaniel along with her husband, Brian and daughter, Darcy reside in East New Market. She is the daughter of Shelby and Ruth Clendaniel who were both educators in the Dorchester County Public School system where she received her elementary and high school education.

For more detailed information on Cambridge Main Street, including events, please visit www.cambridgemainstreet.com or www.facebook.com/CambridgeMainStreet.

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