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Leader of Fargo's Downtown Community Partnership resigns after seven years

Mike Hahn has resigned as president and CEO of the Downtown Community Partnership. (Submitted photo)

FARGO—The head of Fargo's Downtown Community Partnership has resigned.

Mike Hahn, the organization's CEO and President since August 2010, resigned Tuesday, May 16, according to Board Chair Tim Flakoll.

The board of the nonprofit group that aims to make downtown Fargo "the coolest place on planet Earth" will have its next meeting Thursday, May 18, and Flakoll said he expects members will further discuss next steps to replace Hahn.

Hahn announced his resignation Wednesday, May 17, in a post to Facebook.

"There are many to thank—staff, the board of directors, numerous downtown stakeholders, the City of Fargo, NDSU and colleagues across the state of North Dakota," he wrote. "I will miss you all!"

The post said his "next adventure" will be announced soon.

While the replacement process will be formalized by the board, Flakoll said he believes the organization will need to name an interim leader in the coming weeks "so that we can continue and keep the momentum going." A national search for a permanent replacement could select the next leader by this fall, he said.

Flakoll said Hahn's time in the role included several highlights, including the addition of the Business Improvement District that assesses businesses and uses the money for workers who clean sidewalks and act as ambassadors to visitors. He said downtown has also benefited from good exposure during that time, and Hahn's leadership allowed the organization to grow stronger financially.

The next leader will need to adopt a "continuous improvement" mentality to keep things going, Flakoll said.

"How do we need to evolve to make sure that we really become a pearl on the prairie, and make sure that we really are a go-to place for people whether it's where they live, where they shop or where they play?" he said.

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.

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