BATAVIA – After more than four years as executive director of Batavia MainStreet, Joi Cuartero will step down from her post at the end of June.
The Batavia MainStreet Board of Directors on Friday announced her resignation, which is effective June 30. Cuartero said she plans to do consulting work in the future.
“It will be interesting to pick fun projects to work on,” she said.
Cuartero said she made the decision with a bittersweet heart. She was named to the position in February 2011.
“It’s been hard, because I do love the community so much,” she said. “I am thankful they let me step into this position and be a cheerleader.”
She has been heavily involved in the community, including being a co-founder of Water Street Studios in downtown Batavia.
Cuartero said she provided her resignation letter when she did to provide a smooth transition. Batavia MainStreet, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enhancing downtown Batavia’s identity as the “heart of the community” through volunteer efforts.
Batavia MainStreet is responsible for many community events in Batavia, such as the Batavia House Walk, Cocktails in the Park, BatFest, Art in Your Eye and others.
Cuartero said she is proud of the community partnerships that Batavia MainStreet has been able to foster and the new businesses the organization has helped bring to the downtown, such as Gaetano’s.
In a written statement, Kurt Hagemann, president of the Batavia MainStreet Board of Directors, stated Cuartero has done a “wonderful” job of elevating Batavia MainStreet’s programming and its value to the community.
“She has worked tirelessly to lead economic development and revitalization efforts in downtown Batavia and has been a key contributor towards MainStreet’s efforts to retain and recruit businesses, decrease downtown vacancy rates and bring bigger and better community events to downtown,” he stated.