Harristown Enterprises Inc., the owner of Strawberry Square and the organization responsible for several downtown revitalization projects in Harrisburg, including the Hilton Harrisburg, has announced a leadership transition.
Vice President Brad Jones will assume the role of president and CEO in January 2015. He will succeed Russell Ford, who has served since 1999 and will retire at the end of next year.
"I have had an extraordinary opportunity over the last four decades to be able to make a career out of bettering the city of Harrisburg," Ford said in a statement. "I am grateful for the support I have received from many talented people, not the least of which has been the support of past and present colleagues and board members. Brad Jones is a tremendously talented person, and I am very pleased he will succeed me as president."
Jones has been with Harristown for more than 13 years. He started as corporate director for public and community services before becoming vice president for community development.
He has been at the forefront of the organization's more recent development projects, including those involving International House, Bricco restaurant, Messiah College's Harrisburg Institute, the Capital Area School for the Arts and various public improvement and streetscape projects.
"This is a very exciting time in the city of Harrisburg. I look forward to working with our board of directors, community leaders, area business partners and our fantastic team of employees in continuing to work towards our mission of revitalizing and redeveloping downtown Harrisburg into a more vibrant place to live, work and play," Jones said.
Prior to Harristown, he worked in economic development and project management roles for Congress, the American Petroleum Institute, the state Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council.