June 14, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Cindi Fargo has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the El Cajon Community Development Corporation, CDC Board of Directors Chairman John McTighe announced. Fargo was selected from over 60 candidates in a nationwide search that was launched after long-time President/CEO Claire Carpenter announced her departure in December of last year.
Fargo brings twenty-five years’ experience as a downtown revitalization professional to the job, including work in both Encinitas and Escondido and most recently as Executive Director of the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership. She started her career with downtown organizations in the Gaslamp Quarter Association in 1986 while a student in the Urban Studies Program at UCSD. In addition to her experience managing downtown organizations, Fargo was the owner/operator of Tierra Montana Gallery in Livingston, Montana, giving her first hand insight into the challenges of managing a for-profit business.
“Cindi has a proven track record of business recruitment and retention in both Escondido and Las Cruces” McTighe said. “She will be able to hit the ground running and to take downtown El Cajon to the next level.” McTighe noted that “She has proven that she can work cooperatively with local officials to meet the needs of downtown property owners while preserving and enhancing a unique downtown district.”
Fargo will begin her new job in El Cajon on Monday, June 28th and will be introduced to the public at the first Cajon Cruise Classic of the season on Wednesday, June 30th.
The El Cajon Community Development Corporation is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of downtown El Cajon. The CDC is supported by a combination of funding including an annual assessment of property owners in the downtown area, contracts for services with the City of El Cajon, private and foundation grants, sponsorships and donations from businesses and individuals.