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DCPL: DC Preservation Advocate - Spring 2001 Newsletter
Rick Busch, E. Renée Ingram, Donald J. Hasfurther, Jerry Ntuaick
Executive Director: Donald J. Hasfurther
The News-Gazette, Lexington, VA
The board of directors of the Lexington Downtown Development Association announced last week that Don Hasfurther, executive of the economic development organization since 2001, has resigned from his position effective June 29.Hasfurther had come under criticism from LDDA members during the recent effort by the LDDA board to institute a special service district tax on property owners in the downtown area.The tax was intended to raise funds for LDDA to improve services and increase promotional activities for the downtown area.During a series of informational meetings on the proposal, members complained that Hasfurther was not the visible presence in the downtown area that was needed to provide the organization with a strong leadership. Pannell commended Hasfurther for his service to LDDA."Don has made many wonderful contributions," she said.Hasfurther could not be reached for comment.Hasfurther came to Lexington from Washington, D.C., where he had served as executive director for the D.C. Preservation League and had worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.He had owned a small farm in southern Rockbridge County before moving here permanently in 2001.
DCPL: DC Preservation Advocate - Spring 2000 Newsletter - New Executive Director
DCPL is delighted to announce that Donald J. Hasfurther has joined the League as its new Executive Director, effective March 27, 2000.Don brings strong strategic planning and program development skills to the League, as well as an ability to work with people of diverse and multicultural backgrounds.His professional experience is in the area of trade associations, international business, and government service.Most recently, he was Vice President of NPD Trading (USA), Inc., a company that he founded along with other colleagues in 1990.The company, which maintained offices in Washington, D.C., Prague, and Moscow, assists U.S. companies in establishing a business presence in the Czech Republic and Russia.Before that he was a senior manager of the International Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where his responsibilities included program development, legislative affairs, and international trade advocacy.Don holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University.Don has a long-standing interest in local history and architecture.His family roots are in Washington, D.C.He and his wife have lived in the Logan Circle Historic District for more than 20 years, where they purchased and renovated an 1870s house.His interest in historic preservation led him to take courses in the subject through Goucher College, where he continues to enroll in courses that will be relevant to his new position with the League. The Board of Trustees was particularly impressed with Donâs ability to organize and manage organizations, as well as his vision and ability to see and seize opportunities in challenging situations.The League continues to be the cityâs premier preservation advocate, and as the League approaches its 30th anniversary, Don is the prefect person to help build a stronger organization that will serve the community for another 30 years.