Irene Miller has been a leader in Centre County for several years, and she’s about to take on a new challenge.
Miller, who has been responsible for coordinating events, marketing and donor development with the Centre Foundation, has been named executive director of the Downtown State College Improvement District. Her first day will be Sept. 18.
She was drawn to the opportunity after former executive director George Arnold was hired to be director of operations at the State College Alliance Church.
“Our community is vibrant and there are innumerable ideas out there percolating,” Miller said. “This opportunity arose and I was drawn to it, because I think it’s the right time to start bringing people together to enact some of these ideas, to further increase the fun factor downtown, and to bring a heightened awareness to the amazing things that make our community unique.”
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Miller plans to be a champion for small businesses in the downtown community. She will use her experiences from working with nonprofit organizations at the Centre Foundation to help grow downtown businesses.
“At Centre Foundation, I really enjoyed sharing public relations and social media tips with the nonprofit organizations,” she said. “These same tips would serve many small businesses well, which are similarly strapped for marketing budgets, communications staff, and hours in the day. Two heads are always better than one, so these types of sessions are a great time to learn from each other, partner and share best practices.”
DSCID Board Chair Sharon Herlocher said in a statement that Miller’s “energy, experience, and passion for downtown ... set her apart from the many highly qualified candidates.”
Miller is also involved with the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County’s Connect group, a graduate of Leadership Centre County’s 2015 Class and a member of the Downtown State College Rotary.