Heath Seymour is the new executive director of the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council.
Returning to his hometown after a roughly 15-year absence, the soft-spoken Seymour will soon be heading a mammoth effort to revitalize downtown as outlined by Mayor Tim Walker. The task is an expansion on Seymour’s new role as executive director of the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council.
Seymour replaces Dana Beth Lyddan, who left Elizabethtown in December to relocate with her husband to Indiana.
Sitting at his new post in the halls of the Historic State Theater on Tuesday, Seymour said he recalls “running around” the downtown area during the years his family owned Seymour Shoes.
When he learned of the job opening at the Heritage Council, he said he jumped at the chance to return.
“It feels good,” Seymour said of the homecoming. “I’ve only been back up here a few days, but it feels good. Feels like home.”
Seymour leaves his role as executive director of Hearts of Scottsville, the main street program in Scottsville.
While there, he worked to establish a street-scape project and trail system in the city, he said.
Prior to his time in Scottsville, Seymour spent a year in Statesboro, Ga., where the city saw an increase in economic growth with the creation of a slew of new restaurants and retail stores. Seymour said he was able to work with tax incentive programs within the state of Georgia to lure new businesses.
However, his start in main street improvement came in Hodgenville, where he worked with the community to gain millions of dollars in funding for downtown in preparation of the Lincoln Bicentennial, which included a road project to improve traffic flow, a new statue and a facade program.
But, despite his resume, Seymour has only been involved in the industry for about seven years, finding a passion for main street improvement while enrolled at the University of Louisville. There, he would receive a master’s degree in business administration in entrepreneurship and foster a love for main street programs through the study of economics, he said.
Originally, Seymour pursued an MBA to improve the status of his art studio, where he worked as a painter.