Ben White, who has served as assistant director for Main Street Chillicothe for three years, has been named executive director.

Ben White, who has served as assistant director for Main Street Chillicothe for three years, has been named executive director. He fills the vacancy created by Micah Landes, who announced her resignation last month to become executive director of North Central Missouri Development Alliance. White’s announcement was made Friday morning. In addition to serving as assistant director for Main Street Chillicothe, White also served as assistant director for Chillicothe Development Corporation. White brings to the position experience in historic preservation, design expertise, fundraising and more. He began with for Main Street Chillicothe as an intern in the summer of 2014 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation with Academic Distinction in December 2014. He then began full-time employment with Main Street and the Chillicothe Development Corporation in January 2015. “I am extremely excited to step into the role of executive director,” said White. “I am incredibly passionate about downtown Chillicothe and its continued, sustained growth. Chillicothe is an incredible community, and I’m happy to be living here, doing what I love.” The focus of Main Street Chillicothe is to enhance the vitality of the downtown by preservation of its architectural, commercial, and cultural heritage, White said. These objectives are accomplished through education and community awareness of resources available to property and business owners. Main Street Chillicothe stimulates economic development through its design, economic restructuring, and organization committees, and promotes Chillicothe as an attractive city in which to shop, dine, play, work, and live. White soon will be seeking applications for the assistant director position.