Mr. Panza was instrumental in implementing the Mainstreet Program, attracting new businesses and providing technical assistance to existing businesses and entrepreneurs in the Mount Washington community.
A Mount Washington resident, he was responsible for attracting 15 new businesses to the neighborhood, helping to create at least 50 new jobs and oversaw investment in excess of $5 million in the business district. He also worked very closely with developers to renovate three vacant school buildings.
He implemented an award-winning marketing program to help recruit businesses to the neighborhood while also implementing new initiatives like the Art Marketplace. Mr. Panza's love for art helped him to work with artists to create their own businesses in Mount Washington and allowed him to work with artists to create three public murals in the business district.
Mr. Panza has also spent considerable time working in surrounding neighborhoods to help build their capacity in their business districts focusing on beautification efforts, public safety and helping businesses to obtain facade grants.
"Greg's passion for community development is contagious, and he brought a unique perspective to his position every day. Greg has considerable design experience that really made him an asset to our organization not to mention his enhanced knowledge of the community since he lives here," says Chris Beichner, executive director of the MWCDC.
The MWCDC is now looking to fill a newly created position. This position will be responsible for some of the business development aspects including business attraction and retention but also look for someone with considerable knowledge of real estate financing and deal-making for future commercial and residential development.
Mr. Panza's last day with the MWCDC was February 29, but he will remain active in the community. He has obtained his real estate license and will be developing his business as a sales executive with Northwood Realty Services.