Butlin resigns as director of Downtown Partnership

Ron Butlin stepped down as the executive director of the Downtown Partnership Wednesday.

He has been at the organization’s helm since 2008 and staff credit him with leading efforts to craft the new downtown form-based code, organizing downtown celebrations and implementing streetscape improvements.

“It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with the diverse business people, philanthropists and citizens who love downtown,” Butlin said in a statement. “There’s a new era coming to downtown, and I’m stepping down so that someone else can lead us through those changes. I’ve accomplished what I set out to do, and I’m ready for a new chapter in my career.”

Butlin could not be reached for comment.

Hannah Parsons, current vice president of the downtown Business Improvement District and owner of Epicentral Coworking at 409 N. Tejon St., will take over as the interim director.

“I have no interest in taking on the job permanently,” Parsons said.

She suspects the staff will begin a search soon and will concentrate efforts locally.

“I think we have a lot of local talent,” she said.

Butlin’s resignation comes as discussions about downtown redevelopment are hitting a fever pitch.

An advisory panel from the Urban Land Institute presented its report, based on a week-long visit to the city during the Waldo Canyon fire along with a review of other reports and studies and interviews with 120 residents and business owners about their ideas for downtown Colorado Springs, earlier this month.

Parson’s said she has a lot of respect for Butlin and hopes she can keep the momentum going until the partnership can find a new director.

“There has been a feeling of change coming for a while now,” Parsons said. “And Ron definitely recognized that and I think he wanted to make room for it.”