Downtown Huntsville, Inc. longtime CEO Chad Emerson steps down

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Downtown Huntsville Inc. CEO Chad Emerson has stepped down after nearly 10 years at the helm. (Downtown Huntsville Inc.)

After nearly 10 years at the helm of Downtown Huntsville, Inc., CEO Chad Emerson is stepping down. Emerson was the founding CEO of DHI in 2013 and has been a driving force behind transforming Huntsville’s downtown into the thriving cultural and commercial center that it is today. 

Find out more about Emerson’s plans and what he has accomplished for Huntsville:

A decade of success

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Downtown Huntsville has thrived since the inception of Downtown Huntsville Inc. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

For nearly 10 years, Downtown Huntsville, Inc. has thrived under Emerson’s leadership.

Huntsville and DHI garnered numerous awards during Emerson’s time, including multiple International Downtown Association awards for placemaking and unique downtown projects, and the city’s recent ranking as the best place to live in America by US News & World Report.

DHI members represent all stakeholder groups, including Downtown property owners, business owners, business organizations, tourist attractions, neighborhood associations, advocacy groups and city residents. The organization focuses on initiatives supporting its Urban Environment, Downtown Commercial and Residential Development, Downtown Public Policy and Advocacy, Downtown Marketing and Public Relations, as well as Philanthropy and DHI Membership.

“Chad initiated the momentum that Downtown Huntsville has enjoyed over these past 10 years. We couldn’t have reached where we are today without him, and we are deeply grateful for his longer-than-expected leadership. We are all excited for Emerson’s future endeavors, and wish him the very best.”

Tyce Hudson, DHI Chairman of the Board

Emerson previously served as Director of City Development for Montgomery, as well as a consultant to more than 30 different cities for downtown and urban redevelopment strategies. He received his undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University and his law degree from the University of Tennessee. He and his five children live in Huntsville.

What’s next for Chad Emerson and Downtown Huntsville, Inc.?

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Chad Emerson has accepted a position to apply his kickstart prowess with a startup opportunity that will be announced at a later date. (Downtown Huntsville, Inc.)

So what’s next for Emerson and for DHI? Emerson has accepted a position to apply his kickstart prowess with a startup opportunity that will be announced at a later date, and plans to remain in Huntsville.

The DHI Board has initiated an executive search committee and is delighted that Emerson will remain in Huntsville and will work with DHI to ensure a seamless transition for members, supporters and the general public. The Board is committed to attracting the very best CEO to Huntsville and is excited to take the organization to the next level.

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Michael Seale
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