New Britain's Downtown District Board of Commissioners appoints Interim Executive Director

Published on Tuesday, 25 January 2022 15:24


NEW BRITAIN – Downtown District Board of Commissioners has appointed Dennis Morrell as Interim Executive Director effective immediately, after Gerry Amodio announced he would leave the position in February.

Morrell will work with Amodio until the end of January, when he will transition into the role until a permanent replacement is found.

Morrell is currently manager at Perkins Travel Corp., where he has worked in the downtown district for 35 years. He is former NBDD Board Chair and has been an active board commissioner throughout his time with the district. Morrell will work part-time for the district and maintain his current position at Perkins. In a statement released by the Downtown District, Morrell expressed urgency in keeping the momentum of the district and is eager to divide his time between the two positions.

“We are thankful to Gerry for the number of years he committed to the district and his hard work in contributing to its many positive changes,” Morrell said. “We are in the midst of a Renaissance here in downtown and will continue with the district's mission through improvements, marketing, advocacy and collaboration.”

After 12 years' work with the Business Improvement District (BID) and the New Britain Downtown District, Amodio announced he would step down from the role. The Board of Commissioners planned a transition of duties to the Interim Executive Director immediately following the announcement. In a statement released by the Board of Commissioners, labor shortage from the pandemic was cited as a reason to hire an interim to continue running the downtown improvement projects. Director of Development at Charter Oak State College Carol Hall was appointed to the Chair position, which was vacated by Morrell following his appointment as interim. 

“Dennis served as Chair with such enthusiasm and dedication. He worked in collaboration with many entities to launch the inaugural Art in our Hearts in Central Park in the Spring of 2021 as well as ensured the District’s work continued virtually during the pandemic. He stood out as an obvious and qualified candidate for Interim ED” Hall said.  “Having a native familiar with the City and the District “move in” as Amodio “moves on” will help keep the NBDD moving along! The Downtown District will continue to work towards the mission “To support our investments by creating a beautiful, safe and thriving Downtown.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 25 January 2022 15:24. Updated: Tuesday, 25 January 2022 15:27.