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Ms. Heidi N. Zimmer-Meyer

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Background Information

Employment History

New City Center


Rochester Downtown Development Corporation


Board Member
Rochester Fringe Festival Inc

Board Member
Rochester Education Foundation

Board Member
Digital Rochester

Parking Advisory Committee, Rochester Convention Center Management Corporation


B.A. degree

University of Rochester

Master's Degree

City and Regional Planning

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Heidi Zimmer-Meyer

Heidi Zimmer-Meyer is currently President of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation (RDDC), where she has held a number of positions over the past 31 years. Ms. Zimmer-Meyer is Vice Chair of the NYS Urban Council, and serves on the Community Development and Entrepreneurship & Innovation Workgroups of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. She also serves on the City's Parking Advisory Committee, Rochester Convention Center Management Corporation Board, Rochester Police Chief's Council, and as an alternate on the City Planning Commission. She has been very involved with the Rochester Area Community Foundation, serving on its Board as a Vice President and Chair of its Mission Related Investing Subcommittee, and was active on the Facing Race, Embracing Equity (FR=EE) initiative's Jobs & Economic Growth Workgroup.
Ms. Zimmer-Meyer also served for 21 years as Executive Director of Downtown Special Services, Inc. (DSSI), the charitable not-for-profit corporation that operated the "Red Shirts" program using retired and off-duty law enforcement personnel to provide on-street safety services.
Prior to joining RDDC, Ms. Zimmer-Meyer was Special Assistant to the State Director for the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in Greensboro, North Carolina; a consultant to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and staff assistant to the Buffalo Landmark and Preservation Board in Buffalo, New York.
She holds a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning with a joint degree in Economic Development and Real Estate Development from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. degree from the University of Rochester with a double major in Anthropology and Urban Sociology.

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Heidi Zimmer-Meyer

President, Rochester Downtown Development Corporation
Board of Directors and Advisory Commitee

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President, Rochester Downtown Development Corporation
Board of Directors and Advisory Commitee

Near Sibley building, a harmonious solution [cached]

"The first time I actually heard of anyone doing that it was probably 20 years ago in downtown Cleveland and it actually repelled homeless folks also," said Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, president of the Rochester Downtown Development Corp.

Zimmer-Meyer, who is a vocal advocate for both downtown business and city youth she said have been neglected, said the music is a "creative way" to handle a difficult situation.
"It's about creating more stability around their building," she said. "I respect the willingness to try something different in the environment that's not necessarily law enforcement or pushing kids out or anything of that nature. Clearly it can't be too loud for residents, it can't disturb tenants and workers in that environment, but I do think they are listening."
Zimmer-Meyer helped develop a downtown youth arts initiative on Chestnut Street in 2011 to provide an after school option for teens, some of whom were drawn to the Liberty Pole because of dwindling options due to the closing of recreation centers and few after-school job opportunities.
"There aren't enough alternatives for teens, and for young people and if we continue to have a community that's not answering those needs it's going to show itself one way or another," she said.

Rochester, NY: RTS was joined ... [cached]

Rochester, NY: RTS was joined today by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, Commissioner Norman Jones from the Department of Environmental Services at the City of Rochester, and Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, President of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation to celebrate the one year anniversary of the RTS Transit Center.

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