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Cortney Schaefer

MainStreet of Fremont, the organization that aims to bolster downtown Fremont’s economic vitality and image, has a new executive director.

Cortney Schaefer is the executive director, effective Jan. 7, taking over the position from former director Shannon Mullen, who resigned to focus efforts within the Fremont & Dodge County Convention & Visitors Bureau, which shares office space with MainStreet at 529 Main St.

“I hope to carry on the magnificent role that Shannon has done for MainStreet of Fremont, and I hope to be able to widen our memberships as well,” Schaefer told the Tribune.

Much of her first year will be focused on learning the intricacies of the job and “continuing on everything that Shannon has done and the MainStreet board has done.” Then she hopes to bring different and new events for downtown Fremont as well.

One idea she has for a new event includes an “Art Walk,” which would allow artists to display their work, perform their music or otherwise showcase their talents outside on the sidewalks in the downtown area.

“We have a lot of local people that are very great artists and just don’t have the space, and being able to display that would be wonderful,” Schaefer said.

Schaefer is new to the Fremont area. Prior to coming here, Schaefer was an airport operations supervisor for the city of Wichita Falls in Texas. She managed the airport, which saw about 46,000 passengers per year.

Prior to that, Schaefer served six years in the United States Air Force as a medic.

A press release from MainStreet of Fremont praises her skills in “operations management, organizational strategy and marketing.”

Former director Mullen told the Tribune that it’s been an “absolute honor” serving as the director for MainStreet of Fremont and working with all the area businesses in the role.

“I’m looking forward to the many new challenges that we will be facing from our Convention & Visitor Bureau standpoint and developing the sports commission within Fremont, which is our big push for 2019,” Mullen said. “I’m hoping that I left the community in as good or in better shape as it was when I first took over.”

She added that she was excited for Schaefer, calling her a “true professional” who would do great things for Fremont.

Jill Gossett, MainStreet of Fremont board chairwoman, issued a statement praising Mullen’s five years of leadership.

“Working with Shannon, MainStreet has accomplished many goals and has set our organization up for success and a smooth transition to our new director, Cortney,” Gossett said. “MainStreet looks forward to continuing to work in collaboration with our various partners and all of our members as we embark on our 25th anniversary.”

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