Grand Forks DDA to search for new director as Sarah Prout moves to UND
Grand Forks' Downtown Development Association is launching a search for a new leader as Sarah Prout, executive director since August 2016, prepares to leave at the end of the month.
Grand Forks’ Downtown Development Association is launching a search for a new leader as Sarah Prout, executive director since August 2016 , prepares to leave at the end of the month.
“Sarah has played a critical role in the development and growth of the organization,” an announcement from the association says. “And while we will miss her and her leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor as the director of marketing at the University of North Dakota Alumni Association and Foundation.”
The same announcement credits Prout with growing the group’s membership, its staff and its political footprint -- citing the DDA’s political advocacy on the future of Arbor Park. Prout also helped create an urban design and environment committee, the announcement states, which has worked to influence downtown development.
Sarah Horak, the president of the DDA’s Board of Directors, said the organization’s goal is to hire a new director “as soon as possible,” with the group’s leadership meeting in the next several days to set up a timeline.
Prout said in an interview that she has “the utmost confidence” in the DDA in its leadership search.
“It’s truly been an honor, and I will always look back with affection, satisfaction and pride at the accomplishments of the DDA,” she said.