Business incubator director among finalists for downtown position

Jon Maraschin
Jon Maraschin

The executive director of the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction is among three finalists for director of the Downtown Development Authority.

Jon Maraschin, director of the center for more than four years, is among the finalists announced by the DDA board of directors.

John Schneiger, former city manager of Fruita and Montrose, also is among the finalists. Matthew Selby, director of community development in Ashland, Mass., is the third finalist.

The three were selected from 39 applications for the position following the resignation earlier this year of Harry Weiss, who served as director of both the DDA and Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District. Weiss accepted a new position as vice president of urban revitalization and development with One Acadiana, a regional economic development organized in Louisiana.

Robin Brown and Allison Blevins subsequently were hired as co-directors of the Business Improvement District.

The DDA board has scheduled a series of presentations and interviews with the three finalists for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and has announced its intention to hire a director within the next two weeks.

Maraschin joined the Business Incubator Center in August 2011 as only the fifth director in the nearly 30-year history of the operation to help entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. He previously worked in commercial banking for 15 years, including positions in Grand Junction and Steamboat Springs.

Schneiger worked as city manager in Fruita between 1992 and 2000 and then served as city manager in Montrose until 2005. He subsequently served as city manager and deputy city manager in New Port Richey and Eustis, Fla., respectively.

Selby has served for 10 years as director of community development in Ashland, a town of about 17,000 located between Boston and Worcester.