Downtown Bentonville Inc. director resigns after less than a year

Posted: May 6, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.

David Deggs, director of Downtown Bentonville Inc., is resigning after less than a year on the job to become the director of adult and community education for the Fayetteville School District, according to a news release.

Deggs was hired in October, 2013.

Full news release:

David Deggs has resigned as Executive Director of Downtown Bentonville, Inc. (DBI), to accept a position as Director of Adult & Community Education with the Fayetteville Public School System, effective June 1. David will remain at the helm of DBI through the end of May.

Downtown Bentonville, Inc., is a strong, vibrant organization with a team of eight professionals who deliver programs and initiatives designed to promote the quality of life for residents, provide unique experiences for visitors and promote economic development.

The Board of Directors is highly engaged in the leadership of DBI and is committed to identifying a new executive director as soon as possible. Brenda Anderson, current President of the DBI Board states, “The DBI Board of Directors appreciates David’s time with the organization, and we wish him every future success. Our very capable and experienced DBI staff will continue to provide Downtown Bentonville with excellent programming and services.” Lisa Beebe, DBI’s Business Operations Manager, will act as the primary contact for administrative issues and will provide continuity during the transition in leadership.

Deggs has served as Executive Director of DBI since October, 2013. This spring, DBI launched the largest farmer’s market to date with over 65 vendors, and continues to manage exciting First Fridays in the downtown area. DBI is also a membership organization connecting corporations, small businesses and individuals who are passionate fans of Downtown Bentonville. The organization recently relocated its offices to The Hub on SW A Street in the emerging Bentonville Arts District.

About Downtown Bentonville, Inc.

Downtown Bentonville, Inc., is the independent nonprofit downtown association that inspires, unifies and champions Downtown Bentonville. DBI represents the interests of downtown residents, businesses, and visitors. Its board of directors is comprised of 23 members representing various business and government sectors.

Downtown Bentonville is the heart of the city's social scene, the core of an expanding regional art and culinary renaissance, and an entrepreneurial environment rich with opportunity. At 1,790 acres, the downtown district is the largest in Northwest Arkansas and draws people from around the world to live, work and explore. Downtown Bentonville offers a dynamic and growing arts, culinary and entertainment scene in a unique entrepreneurial environment that opens doors to global opportunity. For more information, visit our website at