Paul Cullinane, executive director of Downtown Chambersburg Inc., is retiring Dec. 31 after leading downtown revitalization efforts for nearly 17 years.
Cullinane heads Downtown Chambersburg Inc., an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, and is also vice president of the chamber and executive director of the Community Development Corp.
"Over the past 16 and a half years, we have all come to know Paul as the person who gets the job done, no matter what it takes," said David Sciamanna, president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.
Cullinane retired from the U.S. Army in 1994 as a colonel and went to work immediately at the chamber, where he led the borough's Main Street program.
In 2005, the state of Pennsylvania honored the Chambersburg Main Street program as the best in Pennsylvania over the past 25 years.
was also instrumental in establishing a local Elm Street program, which is similar to the Main Street program.
tenure at the chamber, Cullinane
was instrumental in the renovation of the Capitol Theatre and the Heritage Center
, as well as the creation of the Fort Chambers Park.
was also known to volunteer his
time with downtown events like Ice Fest and the Crab Feast, a fundraiser for Downtown Chambersburg Inc.
An open house for friends and colleagues to meet with Cullinane
retirement is scheduled for Dec. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office, 100 Lincoln Way East.