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Nashua set to honor Community Development Director Kathy Hersh

Union Leader Correspondent

June 24. 2013 8:31PM

NASHUA — Tonight, aldermen are expected to honor Kathy Hersh, the city’s community development director, who is retiring at the end of the month.

City officials are planning to name a portion of the Nashua Riverwalk from Main Street to Margarita’s Restaurant the Kathy Hersh Riverwalk.

Hersh oversaw the continued development of the Nashua Riverwalk, and also placed a strong emphasis on the Nashua River’s role in the vitality and viability of the downtown area, according to the proposed resolution in her honor.

“Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and the Board of Aldermen, on behalf of the citizens of Nashua, express their deep gratitude and appreciation to Kathy Hersh and her family for her many years of service and dedication to the City of Nashua,” says the proposal.

In addition to helping expand the Nashua Riverwalk, Hersh also led the efforts to purchase Rotary Common as mitigation for the F.E. Everett Turnpike, spearheaded the acquisition of the Heritage Rail Trail and was instrumental in the acquisition and protection of about 500 acres of the Northwest Conservation Land.

Before serving 12 years as the city’s community development director, Hersh was also a member of the Conservation Commission and the Board of Aldermen.

“Director Hersh, and before that Alderman Hersh, has always been committed to the good of Nashua, and has been unwavering in that commitment even when it meant personal sacrifice,” said Alderman Brian McCarthy, board president. “She has led the master planning process for Nashua for many years and is responsible for countless improvements in Nashua’s quality of life, from the West Hollis Street rail trail to the new Senior Center.”

The Community Development Department, according to McCarthy, has been an exemplary division under Hersh’s leadership as she ensured the quality of new development, obtained code compliance of the inner city and enhanced the public bus system to 537,000 rides a year.“Her past contributions to the city will be long remembered, her future contributions sorely missed,” added McCarthy.

As community development director, Hersh acquired more than $15 million in funds for the city, including funds for Brownfields, various economic development initiatives, lead abatement and more, according to the proposed resolution expected to be approved by aldermen tonight.

In addition, she introduced the city’s International Sculpture Symposium in 2007, making Nashua the only city in the nation that has an annual International Sculpture Symposium, says the

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