Kitty Clemens has resigned as executive director of the Manitou Springs Economic Development Council.
Her last day on the job will be Jan. 2.
She has accepted a job as one of the Denver Regional Council of Governments five division directors.
Clemens took the Manitou economic development job during April 2002, when the MSEDC formed and has served as its only director.
While Clemens’ vision for Manitou sometimes clashed with that of some of the city’s business owners, the EDC’s board had only praise for her, noting that she promoted a successful bond initiative to fund the Avenue Plan to revitalize downtown, create a Business Improvement District, a parking management plan and an Urban Renewal Authority.
“Kitty took a tiny budget of $76,000 in 2002 and parlayed that resource to nearly $60 million of new infrastructure improvements and private sector investment in our community in 2009,” said MSEDC chairman Tim Haas. “I know of no other time in the history of our community when we made such great strides. Her creativity and contacts will be missed by the community.”
He said they plan to hire Clemens’ replacement as soon as possible.
The position opens amid other leadership changes in Manitou. Attorney Marc Snyder was elected during November to replace Eric Drummond as Mayor next year, and Matt Carpenter will take the Ward 3 city council seat.