Nikki Hindman, the Downtown Rutland Partnership’s executive director is leaving the organization this month, but she isn’t going far. She has taken a job as creative director for Green Screen Graphics, a part of Tuttle Law Print, Inc that also includes Quickprint of Rutland and Tuttle Printing and Promotions.
Hindman has worked at the DRP since 2017 as the marketing and events director before stepping into the executive director role in 2021.
“I cannot be more grateful for the opportunity to grow with and lead the Downtown Rutland Partnership,” said Hindman. “I’m thankful for everyone that I’ve the pleasure of working with and the projects I’ve been able to contribute to that advance the vitality and image of Rutland City. Downtown Rutland continues to make leaps and bounds since I’ve moved to Vermont, and I’m so proud of all we’ve accomplished together.”
Over the past four years, Hindman rebranded the Downtown Rutland organization and destination, their annual events, website, and communications in addition to tripling the DRP’s social media following and reach throughout the region. She also helped launch an interactive downtown art and architecture tour app, made new partnerships with local and regional partners, developed a series of new pedestrian signs to be installed downtown this spring, and supported local businesses with marketing and social media advice. She is also participating in the Center Street Scoping Study, which hopes to debut redesign options with the future of a pedestrian and business friendly street this year.
“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, I’m confident that downtown is heading in a positive direction, which can be seen with the several new businesses that opened in 2021,” said Hindman. “I look forward to seeing downtown’s continued success in the coming months and years with the support of our amazing Board of Directors. I’m also excited about my next chapter, which allows me to continue to serve Vermont businesses with creative solutions at an employee-owned company.”
With Hindman’s departure this month, the DRP’s board of directors will begin the search for the organization’s next executive director.
“Although I am sad to see Nikki go, I am very excited to see her flourish in her new position!” said Shannon Poole, board president of the Downtown Rutland Partnership. “The Rutland Community is very lucky to have such a talented young professional who is committed to seeing it succeed.”