Longtime town of Dillon employee Susan Fairweather this week announced that she is leaving for an opportunity with the town of Avon.
Fairweather was hired as Avon’s director of economic initiatives, which is a newly created position in the town. She will focus on working with current businesses and on attracting new ones to fill vacant offices, which was recently identified as a top priority by the Avon Town Council.
Fairweather was one of 17 candidates identified by Avon officials following a lengthy nationwide search. Six candidates were selected to review and critique Avon’s economic development planning documents.
The field was then narrowed to two, from which Fairweather emerged as the top candidate.
“We are excited to have Susan join us this week. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Avon, which will allow her to hit the ground running,” Avon Councilmember Todd Goulding said. “Susan will head the town’s economic development program, including support of existing businesses, real estate development opportunities and special events.
“Her timing couldn’t be better as we start a community-wide effort to define Avon’s brand.”
A native of Summit County, Fairweather served since 2007 as the town of Dillon’s director of economic development, marketing and communication.
She was instrumental in the Dillon’s branding efforts, developing and growing the town’s special events and establishing partnerships with land and business owners to generate business and development projects in Dillon.
Fairweather also was instrumental in the formation of the Dillon Business Association and served as the town’s liaison to the group. She served as the voice of Dillon on stage at the amphitheater for five years and on SCTV 10 interviewing business owners, elected officials and other guests.
Prior to Fairweather’s stint in Dillon, she worked as the chief of marketing, communications and administrative services for Metro Parks, serving Summit County in Akron, Ohio. There she utilized her skills in organizational identity and rebranding efforts and the development of award-winning state- and nationally recognized special event programs.
As Avon’s director of economic initiatives, Fairweather will work to achieve economic vitality through community investment in projects and partnerships to promote business retention and expansion for the town.
Fairweather’s last day with the town of Dillon is Sunday, Feb. 9. She begins her new job Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Avon.
“It’s one of those bittersweet moments,” Fairweather said. “For the last six and a half years I’ve really enjoyed working with the Dillon community and its wonderful business owners, who have always supported me. It’s hard to move on, but I’m also looking forward to the new and exciting challenges this job will bring.”
Local residents and friends can keep in touch with Fairweather through her new email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.