Maynard stepping down as head of The Partnership

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO and President Scott Maynard announced his resignation on Wednesday. (Photo by Logan Kirkland, SDN)
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The Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO and President Scott Maynard will be leaving the organization to accept a position at the Florida State University Career Center.

Maynard will work through the end of June.

“The Partnership has a strong staff in place and much of the programming has been set for the fall," Jerry Toney, chairman of the Partnership Board said. "There is an excitement and energy throughout the community that has grown under Maynard’s leadership. We wish him the best in this new endeavor and will begin our search for a new CEO immediately.”

Maynard said the board will meet soon and begin the process of finding his replacement.

Maynard thanked the Partnership board for the opportunity to serve as President.

“The board has been very supportive in all that we have accomplished this year," Maynard said. "Starkville is experiencing unprecedented growth and the Partnership is in am perfect position to capitalize on this. The focus on education, entrepreneurship and quality of life is at the center of all Partnership activities. There is a great deal to look forward to in the coming year.”

Maynard, who previously served as Ward 5 Alderman for the city of Starkville, replaced Jennifer Gregory, who resigned in October 2016. He has worked as the President and CEO of the Partnership for a year.

Maynard said Starkville has bloomed during his time in the town, and he expects the growth to continue in the future.

"I think with the new construction that we've got going on, both residential and commercial, and the popularity of all the sports activities are both bringing in new visitors and tourists," Maynard said. "We're poised to exceed even that growth in the future, and it's certainly going to be an exciting time."

Maynard said the move to the position at the Florida State University Career Center is allowing him to get back to what he's spent over 30 years of his career doing.

"It's an opportunity to get back to the career I'm extremely familiar with and know and love," Maynard said.

The Partnership is comprised of the Starkville Area Chamber of Commerce, Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority, Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Starkville Main Street Association.