UPDATE (March 19, 4:52 p.m.)
Following our story regarding Jane Witty being let go of the Downtown Partnership this morning, the organization released a statement just passed 3:00 this afternoon.
According to the release, the Partnership is facing a “tight financial outlook” for the coming year, in part due to the anticipated completion of the Business Innovation Center and sudden resignation of former director Adam Megivern in January.
Here is the full official statement from Evan Geibel, President of the Cortland Downtown Partnership:
“As the Cortland Downtown Partnership works to complete the Cortland Business Innovation Center, we have found ourselves faced with a tight financial outlook for the coming year.
Given that ambitious project, and the sudden departure of Executive Director Adam Megivern at the end of last year, the CDP Board of Directors has decided to perform a thorough examination of the organization. We will be evaluating the Partnership’s current and future financial outlook, as well as the policies, procedures, strategies and focus of the organization.
As this evaluation takes place, we have found it necessary to restrict public access to our offices. Until further notice, parking permits and Downtown Gift Certificates will now be available for sale at the offices of the Cortland Standard at 110 Main Street.
Additionally, Office Manager and Director of Events Jane Witty is no longer with the organization.
Upcoming Downtown Partnership signature events, including Taste of Downtown and First Light, may be impacted this year. We will keep the public informed as the traditional dates of these events approach.
Our intent is to end 2019 with a completed and fully occupied Downtown Innovation Center, a reinvigorated Cortland Downtown Partnership and a thriving Historic Downtown Cortland. We ask for the understanding of our dedicated membership and the wider Cortland community during this time of transition.”
ORIGINAL STORY (March 19, 2:00 p.m.)
It’s now confirmed that Jane Witty of the Cortland Downtown Partnership was let go unexpectedly this morning (March 19) from her role as the organization’s director, event organizer and office manager.
Witty herself made the news public on Facebook and we also spoke with her to confirm.
She said she was met first thing this morning by the Partnership’s President, Evan Geibel, and Treasurer, Bill Veit, upon her return from a vacation. She was told the decision was made by the Partnership’s executive committee and that Geibel and Veit were not at liberty to discuss things further.
Witty has been with the partnership since 2013 and took on the added role of director when former director Adam Megivern resigned from the partnership unexpectedly back in January of this year.
We reached out to the Downtown Partnership regarding her firing and have yet to hear back.
Stay tuned with X101 on this very much developing story.