Bedford Main Street Governing Board Elects Three New Members


Date: February 10, 2016

Contact: Sara Smith

Phone: 540-586-2148


Bedford Main Street Governing Board Elects Three New Members

BEDFORD – Bedford Main Street elected three new board members after a 6 week election process that featured eight candidates.  The election was held mid-term and those elected will be completing the terms of existing newly vacant seats. The next general election will be in April 2017.

Diane Wilson, owner of the Inn at Avenel, was elected to complete the three-year term that was recently vacated last summer by the departure of Jessica Cox, who moved to Roanoke. Diane is a Town resident and business owner with more than 20 years’ experience working with the Main Street organization. Her most recent work has been as the Volunteer Coordinator.

Linda Kurzmarski of Needful Things Antiques was elected to complete a two-year term that had been vacated due to the death of long-time Bedford Main Street supporter, Mike Trussell. Linda is a 14 year Bedford County resident along with 2 sons, Robert and John. They have a farm in the county with cows and horses.

The third open seat was filled by Todd Foreman, Chief of the Bedford Police Department. Todd brings a unique perspective to his role on the board. He is involved in this community and the area of Main Street on a daily basis and is dedicated to a unified approach to community development. His seat had been vacated due to a policy change that moved Tim Black to the role of Town Council Liaison, a permanent position on the Bedford Main Street governing board.

Jim Messier, president of Bedford Main Street, said today, “These folks have innovative ideas and an energy that will help the organization move forward. Todd brings a unique perspective to the table that will help bridge various groups. Diane and Linda are business owners in our district. Their perspectives are also valuable as we work together to build the Bedford Main Street area.”

The new board members attended their first board meeting on February 2nd. Over the next month, they will decide which standing committees they’d like to join.

Bedford has been a designated Main Street Community since the Commonwealth’s Main Street program was first established in 1985. The program helps prevent downtown districts across the Commonwealth from economic decline and possible demolition.  Bedford Main Street has one full time employee who supports the work of the governing board and committees. Together, the groups work to re-energize economic development of our Centertown district while utilizing our cultural assets and character.  This is further accomplished by pooling the resources of local civic and business leaders who are determined to bring our Main Street community back to life. The volunteers have dedicated more than 10,000 hours annually to the mission of vision of a vibrant and vital Centertown Bedford.