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Peggy Little will become the director of the recently re-organized See Lancaster, the group that promotes tourism throughout the county.
Earlier this year, Lancaster City Council voted to merge See Lancaster with the Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
With that decision, the city will oversee both entities and is responsible for hiring a staff and appointing a board of directors for See Lancaster.
“I think it’ll all work and be a success,” Little said. “I just feel like we can’t go wrong.”
Since council’s vote, there has been some housekeeping business. The board of directors of See Lancaster voted to dissolve itself, said Eric Rowell, who chaired the group’s board. But the city formed a new organization, naming it See Lancaster.
The new See Lancaster will still promote tourism in the county.
The changes took effect Wednesday, the start of the new fiscal year.
Little, who accepted the director’s job last week, will be paid between $36,000 and $43,000 a year, said Teresa Meeks, the city’s support services director.
Little, one of three people who were interviewed for the job, will also retain her title as director of the Performing Arts Series, which will fall under See Lancaster’s umbrella.
She said she’s excited about her new position and to be working closely with city officials.
“I feel honored and privileged to be chosen to be the director,” Little said. “I hope I will do it justice.”
The city is now looking to hire a marketing coordinator and an events coordinator for See Lancaster. The former will be a full-time position while the latter will be part-time, Meeks said.
The city has been conducting those interviews this week and hopes to have the personnel in place by mid-July.
Meeks said she doesn’t think the public will notice any differences with the newly created See Lancaster.
The group will keep the same focus and mission. The only difference, though, is that there will be more emphasis placed on the city of Lancaster, she said.
“The goal is going to be the same – market tourism and help economic development,” Meeks said. “We’re hoping to make this as smooth a transition as we can and just move ahead.”
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at email@example.com or at (803) 283-1152