The Indiana County Tourist Bureau has named one of its own as the organization’s new executive director.
The bureau announced Wednesday that Denise Liggett will oversee the organization on a permanent basis after having served as interim director for the past six months. Liggett was named interim director after her predecessor, Penny Perman, resigned in October 2013 to pursue other opportunities. Perman’s resignation came suddenly, about two weeks after the bureau celebrated its 50th anniversary.
“We were very fortunate to have Denise join us, as she knew the inner workings and interacted well with area partners,” said board President Gregg Van Horn in a press release announcing the decision.
Liggett had worked as the bureau’s advertising associate and office coordinator. The bureau said she brings a wealth of experience to the county through her knowledge of the area and from her 19 years with an advertising agency in Atlanta.
Additionally, the bureau said her time as interim director prepared her well for the permanent position. It said she successfully transitioned projects and exceeded expectations set by the board.
Liggett told the Gazette this morning that she is thrilled to be able to continue the organization’s work. She said there are some exciting opportunities on the horizon, such as the Greater Allegheny Challenger Learning Center at the Indiana County Technology Center and the expanded airport.
“There are so many opportunities we are looking forward to building on,” she said.
Additionally, the bureau will be playing a role in planning for the 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts this September, which IUP has been asked to host.
The bureau said the event is a huge recognition for the area and opens up opportunities for tourism, the arts and economic growth.
“I was honored when asked to have a part in the planning of this event to advance the wonderful offerings the community and IUP provide to our state,” Liggett said.