Joe Edwards Announces Delmar Loop’s First Executive Director Rachelle L’Ecuyer

After an ongoing search for The Delmar Loop’s first executive director, chairman Joe Edwards recently announced that the organization has finally landed on a candidate: St. Louisan Rachelle L’Ecuyer, who formerly served as the community development director of the Maplewood Historic District for 13 years.

“We unanimously chose Rachelle, who has a great track record for community building and economic development, and we are looking toward a bright future,” says Edwards, who has been working to revitalize and maintain the neighborhood as one of St. Louis’ thriving cultural centers since the 1970s. His efforts have paid off. The district has been named “One of the 10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association and remains home to a variety of restaurants, attractions and unique cultural staples like the St. Louis Walk of Fame, Blueberry Hill, The Moonrise Hotel, The Pageant, The Tivoli Theatre and more.

L’Ecuyer grew up in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood, a stone’s throw from The Loop. Well-acquainted with the neighborhood’s strengths and challenges, L’Ecuyer’s immediate larger goals will center around centralizing The Loop’s many disparate offerings into a strongly branded message, unifying the area as a whole. If the city’s support and love of the district is any indicator, it’s a worthy venture that will easily garner community backing.

Cover image photo courtesy of Downtown St. Louis.

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