The City of Winchester’s Development Services Department recently restructured creating two new positions – Community Arts and Vitality Manager and Development Services Assistant.
Alex Flanigan, a Morgantown, West Virginia native and resident of Winchester since 2012, will begin her role as the Community Arts and Vitality Manager on July 22. Flanigan attended the Conservatory and graduated from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2016. “The Winchester community played an absolutely formative role in shaping the artist and person I am today,” stated Flanigan. “I am overjoyed to be stepping into a position where I will have the chance to give back to that community and create new opportunities to celebrate the vibrant local arts scene as well as the neighborhood relationships that have inspired me for many years. I am delighted to be joining the team and look forward to collaborating with the rest of Winchester’s dedicated leaders.”
As the Community Arts and Vitality Manager, Flanigan will be charged with the promotion, marketing, and coordination of special events throughout the City of Winchester with emphasis placed on Old Town. Duties of the position will include, but are not limited to, the establishment of a visual and performing arts presence in the community, development of a city-wide Cultural Arts Program, and assistance with ensuring compliance with the Virginia Main Street program requirements.
Shirley Dodson, the City’s current Business and Workforce Development Coordinator, will remain in her position under the new title of Business and Community Development Manager. A Staunton native, Dodson relocated to Winchester to work for the City four years ago. She is a 2015 graduate of James Madison University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration.
Dodson and Flanigan will each have city-wide development duties and share the responsibilities of the Virginia Main Street program.
"I have been fortunate enough to work with Winchester's business community for the past four years, and there is nothing more fulfilling to me than getting to see a Winchester business thrive and grow. I look forward to working with Alex and the rest of the Development Services team as we expand services and introduce new programs in the near future," stated Dodson.
The City’s current Business and Workforce Development Director, George Hoddinott, will take on the title of Business Retention/Expansion Manager as part of the restructuring. Sarah Acuff-Chapman, formerly the Old Town Coordinator, has transitioned into the Development Services Assistant position.