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RELEASE: 21-27 - DTBD Board names new executive director

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CITY OF LEBANON PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE

POINT OF CONTACT: Derek Gean

RELEASE: 21-27

VOICE: 417.991.2310

EMAIL: dgean@lebanonmo.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

DTBD Board names new executive director

 

The Lebanon Downtown Business District Board has made their choice for the next Downtown Business District executive director. 

 

Cynthia HonssingeCynthia Honssinger-Coffmanr-Coffman will succeed Ashton Light as the next executive director of the booming business district.

 

A Lebanon native and 1979 Lebanon High School graduate, Honssinger-Coffman, currently manages the Coffman Partnership, a consulting firm for government affairs, public policy, legal and regulatory compliance, and state attorney general relations. She served as Attorney General for the State of Colorado from 2015 to 2019. 

 

Honssinger-Coffman is a 1983 graduate of the University of Missouri with bachelor’s degree in speech communication with minors in marketing and political science. She received her juris doctorate degree in 1991 from Georgia State University College of Law. Honssinger-Coffman has extensive legal and executive experience along with experience in non-profit and corporate fundraising. 

 

According to Steve Hite, DTBD Board president, the board had an outstanding pool of candidates to choose from, but Honssinger-Coffman’s level of experience propelled her to the top of the list. 

 

“Cynthia has deep roots in Lebanon and a real passion for our downtown and our community,” Hite said.  “With 22 years of government service in a variety of positions including serving the State of Colorado as its attorney general, the Board felt that Cynthia possessed the background and qualifications needed to implement the strategy of our downtown revitalization program by engaging our community, downtown businesses and property owners in the vision and mission of Downtown Lebanon.”  

 

Hite said the board believes she could also provide important insight into formulating successful fundraising needed to accomplish the board’s goals.

 

“We are just really excited to have Cynthia back home and look forward to continued momentum and success in our downtown revitalization,” Hite said. 

 

Honssinger-Coffman said she is thrilled to return home and contribute to the success of Downtown Lebanon. 

 

"I have had a successful career building public-private partnerships, forging coalitions, and bringing stakeholders together to advance projects and meet goals,” Honssinger-Coffman said. 

 

“Downtown Lebanon has such strong support from the City and a broad cross-section of its citizens. It's my objective to bring all these talented folks together and channel their ideas and enthusiasm into a thriving local business district." 

 

Honssinger-Coffman said she has paid close attention to Downtown Lebanon's recent revitalization and been impressed by the commitment to thoughtful growth and development that meets a variety of needs. 

 

“Now I get to be part of the transformation process, and I couldn't be more excited," she said.  

 

"It's been my long-time wish to get back to Lebanon and rejoin the community that's meant so much to me and my family. Growing up in Lebanon, I learned what a community was supposed to be. Downtown was a vibrant destination for shopping and socializing. I'm excited by the opportunity to help reimagine Commercial Street and the Business District, both now and into the future," Honssinger-Coffman said. 

 

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