Experience Old Town Warrenton, which leads the town's Main Street program, has a new volunteer interim executive director.
EOTW’s board of directors voted unanimously Monday to ask Aimée O'Grady to serve in the post. O’Grady was already part of the organization and has a decade of experience with nonprofits. She is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Fauquier, according to a press release issued Tuesday.
O’Grady will help EOTW keep the lines of communication open among the various Old Town stakeholders. Board of Directors Chairman Bailey Dabney, publisher of the Fauquier Times, will meet with O’Grady to define her specific responsibilities in the coming week, the press release said.
"We are very fortunate to have someone with Aimée's skills willing to take this on. She's been an active member of our board and has naturally assumed a lot of responsibility from the very beginning. This is a big step forward for Experience Old Town Warrenton," Dabney said.
The Main Street program is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It aims to revitalize downtown areas through marketing, retail promotions and special events. Warrenton has been a Main Street community for 28 years.
O'Grady said she is happy to help EOTW meet the goals of the program.
"As the organization gained momentum, it became apparent that someone needed to make sure our efforts are in line with the Virginia Main Street Program requirements to have Warrenton become reaccredited. It was an offer I was happy to make as we continue to raise funds to hire an executive director," O'Grady said.
EOTW has been sponsoring the town’s First Friday events throughout the summer. The next event, the “Dog Days of Summer First Friday,” will be held Friday, Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
O’Grady can be reached at experienceOTW@gmail.com. EOTW's mission is to foster and inspire an environment in Old Town Warrenton that enhances economic vitality while preserving the historic character of the community; and to promote a rich and appealing cultural atmosphere to live, play and do business.