BELFAST — The Our Town Belfast board of directors announced that Amanda Cunningham is its new executive director effective immediately.

Cunningham brings nearly 20 years of varied project management experience to the city’s Main Street organization, according to the June 9 announcement. She is expected to continue to “grow and sustain our vibrant downtown,” the press release said.

Cunningham brings to the position a varied background that includes public speaking and networking, sales, presentations, marketing, promotion, event execution, grant writing and fundraising. Her diverse background will “enhance an already robust organization,” board member Ryan Otis said in the press release. “We look forward to seeing her succeed in furthering Our Town Belfast’s Mission!” Otis owns Rollie’s Bar and Grill and Rollie’s Remote Catering.

The Belfast native grew up during a time when many downtown storefronts were closed and business prospects were slim, the press release said. After graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington, she traveled, worked and acquired experience in Boston, Austin, Portland and Minneapolis, then returned to settle in Portland, married and started a family. Changing family commitments brought her back to Belfast where, most recently she was marketing director and community coordinator at the “Y.” She became involved with community groups both through her work and as a volunteer.

Our Town Belfast supports and promotes local businesses, shops, restaurants, outdoor spaces, and events, while honoring the city’s heritage through historic preservation, bringing the community together to make downtown Belfast a more interactive place to live, work and play.

City Councilor Mary Mortier, who also chairs the OTB board, noted that the city embraced economic development a dozen years ago by hiring an economic development director (Thomas Kittredge), and investing financially in the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce and Our Town Belfast, which is a nationally accredited Main Street organization.

Cunningham said in the release that she is “thrilled to support my hometown and am looking forward to meeting everyone, listening to your needs and seeing what I can do to support you. I am proud and excited to be part of the OTB organization and contributing to the growing vitality of our downtown, that has become a destination, unlike the drive-by it was when I was growing up!”