ENID, Okla. — Main Street Enid officially announced a new executive director Wednesday in Natalie Beurlot, an internal hire and an Enid native, starting Sept. 16, 2019.
Beurlot joined Main Street in January as event and communications coordinator and only recently took on the role of assistant director. With the resignation of Kelly Tompkins, director since 2012, Beurlot is moving up the final rung.
"I couldn’t be more thrilled about the board’s choice for the next executive director," Tompkins said. "I’ve seen that Natalie has what it takes, and it’s wonderful that she will have the opportunity to make an amazing difference in our community.”
The nonprofit works to revitalize the downtown area through promotion and beautification projects, art and event planning. Main Street board President Roxanna Costello said Beurlot is well suited to continue those efforts.
“Natalie’s marketing experience, community involvement, drive and knowledge of Main Street, as well as her love for the community and desire to improve it made her the perfect candidate for the executive director role," Costello said.
Beurlot is ingrained and active in Enid, with 10 years volunteering at Gaslight Theatre, three with Junior Welfare League and four with the JULA Foundation, which organizes FLY Film Festival, a Main Street release said.
"People in Enid help each other grow, build each other up and help each other succeed," Beurlot said. "Enid is a very family-oriented town with events and things to do every day. I couldn't imagine raising my future children anywhere else. I am so happy that I have been part of Enid during this time of growth and now get to be part of shaping its future.”
Regarding her game plan for Main Street moving forward, Beurlot emphasized the importance of activities, of giving people good reason to get out and about. Cooperation and communication with area businesses also is key to creating an exciting downtown environment, the release said.
“My main goal is to get people downtown to see what amazing things it has to offer, get the community involved, spending money locally while having fun," she said. "I’m excited to work together to bring new activities and opportunities to downtown for residents and tourists, plus valuable resources for our local business owners.”