New leader named for Lexington's Downtown Development Authority

Lexington's Downtown Development Authority has named Jeff Fugate as its new executive director. Fugate succeeds Harold Tate, who retired in April after being the only person to lead the public-private agency since its founding in 2001.

"Jeff brings fresh ideas, vision and energy to our downtown at a really important time," Mayor Jim Gray said in a statement. "He will be a strong partner in our work to reactivate our urban core and reclaim it as an economic engine for our city."

Fugate works as a program manager for the Mountain Association for Community and Economic Development, which serves 54 Appalachian counties.