BELFAST — Our Town Belfast is seeking a new executive director, according to a March 22 press release. The organization announced Zach Schmesser is resigning from the position as of April 15.

The nonprofit is part of the Main Street program through the nonprofit National Main Street Center Inc., which aims to revitalize older and historic commercial districts in cities and towns across the United States, according to Schmesser has helped promote downtown businesses and organize events in the city for the last four years.

He helped organize, with local volunteers, this year’s second annual Ice Festival, which brought hundreds of people to the city on a chilly February weekend. Many local businesses saw a boost in visitors and sales during that event.

Schmesser is proud that he could develop new programs and events, offer significant community support during the pandemic and collaborate with the city to help develop the curbside dining program during his time with Our Town Belfast, he said in an email to The Republican Journal.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the successes, challenges and opportunities that the job has provided me,” he said.

Board of Directors Chairman and City Councilor Mary Mortier said in the press release that Schmesser has worked well with the board to advance its mission. She added that she is happy he is staying in the Belfast community. “He will leave the organization on a solid footing as he moves on to pursue other exciting professional opportunities,” she said.

The organization was involved in the crosswalk design project As Unique As Belfast, the Holiday Passport program and other initiatives. It has also been involved in local government actions to help sustain and improve businesses downtown.

Mortier said the organization would be able to attract a good candidate and it has already started searching for a potential replacement. For more information on the job description, visit

Our Town Belfast is in good shape for his successor to go beyond what has already been done to meet the organization’s mission to grow and sustain a vibrant downtown, Schmesser said. He credited the organization’s success to those in the community, volunteers and the organization’s partnership with the city.

He will continue to follow the organization and its success into the future, he said. As far as what he intends to do next, “More on that in the coming weeks.”