Sunday, January 07, 2001

What's the Buzz?

New council chief set to party

By Cliff Peale
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Patrick Sheeran has replaced Teri Gasper as head of the Downtown Council, the group that operates Cincinnati's largest street festivals.

        Ms. Gasper left the unit of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce late last week after about six years. Mr. Sheeran is director of the chamber's sponsorship group, which handles all sponsorship sales. He will be vice president over both units.

        The Downtown Council operates festivals such as Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati and Taste of Cincinnati.

        Mr. Sheeran said the Downtown Council would build on the success of the Gold Star Chilifest, which moved last year to Yeatman's Cove on the riverfront, and try to enhance its 10 LaRosa's Party in the Park celebrations by adding entertainment.

        While heavily weather-dependent, festivals operated by the Downtown Council have been a major moneymaker for the chamber in the past.

        “It really goes to our mission of keeping the quality of life high in Greater Cincinnati,” Mr. Sheeran said.

        Meanwhile, across the Ohio River, the Tri-County Economic Development Corp. also has filled a vacancy.

        Kelly Stuart, who formerly worked at the North Carolina Global TransPark Authority, started last week as economic development project manager at the Fort Mitchell development agency.

        The Global TransPark is a distribution center designed to stimulate development in eastern North Carolina.

        She replaces Bryan Quinsey, who resigned in August to become executive director of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.

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