Howell departing CDP post
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 1:00 AM
The executive director of the Chamber of Commerce and Philadelphia Main Street resigned Monday.
Lisa Howell, who has held the position for the past seven years, resigned effective Oct. 31.
"I resigned Monday to accept a position with Central Water Association," Howell said Tuesday morning. "I enjoyed the past seven years working with the Community Development Partnership.
"I've met lots of great people. I hope that I have been a benefit to the CDP and all its efforts to bring about community improvement."
The CDP is the lead economic development organization in Philadelphia and Neshoba County with the Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, Industrial Development and Tourism operating under its umbrella.
CDP President David Vowell commended Howell's service.
"Lisa has done a really good job," he said. "We all have to wear a lot of different hats but Lisa has done a good job with it and I hate to see her go."
Vowell said the Chamber and Main Street directors would discuss the replacement process at their October meetings.
Longtime CDP board member Steven Wilkerson, of Steve's on the Square, said Howell would be missed.
"She's going to be hard to replace," he said. "But we will have to get our heads together and come up with a plan of action."
Howell has always done a good job, Wilkerson said, noting that he hopes she will still be a presence in the community and help with the transition.
"She won't have to work weekends and she'll have more time with her family and I can respect that," he said, of Howell's new position.
Wilkerson said it was too early to think about a replacement, saying the board would have to "play it by ear."
"The board needs to look at people with new ideas," he said. "I look at everything as an opportunity and hopefully there will be a candidate out there. It's a busy job and a lot goes into it."