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After being on the job for 14 years, Devin Sutherland, executive director of the Downtown Racine Corporation, will resign from the job effective July 28.

Sutherland submitted his resignation to the board on Monday saying that he plans to pursue a master’s degree in the fall, said Jim Venturini, chairman of the board for DRC.

When Sutherland started the job, he focused on completing a redevelopment plan for the downtown and then implementing that plan. He’s now seeing a resurgence of new business come to Racine.

“This was a very difficult decision based on the many accomplishments DRC has made, the tremendous momentum that currently exists downtown and the wonderful relationships that I have developed,” Sutherland said. “I believe that this is an excellent time for me to transition out of this role, as the future of Downtown Racine has never looked better.”

During Sutherland’s tenure he has seen several projects come to fruition, including the Harbor at State and Main retail/mixed use development, renovation of Monument Square, and 6th Street, 7th Street and State Street enhancements.

“I am honored to have been given the opportunity to serve this community for 14 years. I continue to be motived and humbled every single day by the volunteers from across the community that work fervently for the betterment of Downtown,” he said. “The enthusiasm and confidence in Downtown continues today with unprecedented small business development activity.”

Sutherland intends to stay put through July 28. The job description for the position has already been posted on the business improvement district’s website, Venturini said.

“Devin is leaving downtown Racine in a good position,” Venturini said.

This year nine new businesses and three existing business have expanded in downtown Racine. This includes four restaurants and a micro-brewery is slated to open in the spring. Four other buildings have also been bought and renovated. A committee of four to five DRC board members will choose Sutherland’s successor.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.