Sorry to see Howe go

Published 7:21 pm Friday, November 7, 2008

Downtown Franklin is losing a terrific advocate and workhorse in Dan Howe, who announced Thursday that he’s returning to the private sector after a one-year tenure as manager of the Downtown Franklin Association.

Howe brought sorely needed energy and enthusiasm to an organization that had floundered since the departure of Anne Williams a couple of years ago.

He’s been a tireless advocate of downtown businesses, showing up at community functions everywhere to sing the praises of downtown and encourage consumers to spend their dollars there.

As is necessary in small organizations, Howe has shown a willingness to roll up his sleeves and help with the grunt work that makes large events like the Fall Festival and the We Be Jammin’ concert series possible.

He also had a vision for the long-range success of the downtown district and was willing to take stands that were unpopular with some, including relocation of the city Farmers Market from Armory Drive to Main Street.

In short, Howe will leave the DFA in much better shape than he found it.