Burlington, VT- On Sunday the community gathered in Burlington to celebrate a man who helped make it easier and safer for people to get around, especially on bikes.
The non-profit, Local Motion honored its former executive director Chapin Spencer.
A month ago Spencer left Local Motion to become Burlington’s Public Works Director.
“I'm thrilled to be able to move just slightly and still work with people and a community I adore,” said Spencer.
Spencer says he is confident the team he left behind will carry on with the mission of the organization he founded more than 14 years ago.
In that time Spencer says the organization has accomplished many things such expanding bike parking. But his favorite accomplishment was a much larger project.
“The bridge over the Winooski River. Getting that built with the help of many people including governors and mayors, which for generations will be enjoyed,” said Spencer.
Jason Van Driesche, the Director of Advocacy and Education with Local Motion, and one of the acting Executive Directors says the team is sad to see Spencer go, but excited about the organizations future.
“The real mark of success for the founder of an organization is for that organization to continue doing great stuff after he moves on. And that's exactly what's happening,” said Van Driesche.
As Local Motion moves forward without Spencer- he shifts his focus to his new role as Burlington’s Public Works Director.
“I'm certainly looking forward to elevating Burlington’s game. The mayor has said he wants the downtown to be more vital, I’m hoping to bring our department to the next level for Burlington’s future,” said Spencer.
Van Driesche says the search for Local Motion's next executive director is ongoing.
The board didn't find a candidate that fit the mission in the first round, so they opened the job up to a second round of applicants.
Van Driesche says he hopes by early next year they will appoint a new executive director.
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