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Jacob Hurt has joined the Jackson Anchor Initiative this week as its new Director.  Hurt was hired after a nationwide search to replace Allan Hooper, the Initiative’s founding Executive Director who retired this fall.

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Anchor Initiative recently agreed to align missions and share staff and resources.  Mindy Bradish-Orta has served as the President/CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Experience Jackson.  She assumes the additional role of Anchor Initiative President/CEO.

Jacob Hurt has been involved with downtown development and community development for the past 17 years.  For the past 10 years he has served as Vice President of Urban Initiatives, working in private downtown and community development consulting primarily in Indiana.  In that capacity, he worked on redeveloping 11 downtown buildings, creating upper floor housing in ten of them.

Hurt is a former city planner and former Chamber of Commerce Executive Director in Crawfordsville, Indiana.  He is also a co-founder of the Indiana Downtown Association.  While in Crawfordsville he owned two downtown businesses.

Mindy Bradish-Orta and Jacob Hurt were guests on today’s Bart Hawley Show and discussed the new position, Jacob’s plans and background and the current state of the Anchor Initiative.  The complete interview can be viewed here.


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