Downtown Improvement Board selects new Executive Director

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - After being without an executive director since August, the Panama City Downtown Improvement Board has made its choice.

Daric Freeman was selected from a field of nine candidates. His selection was based on his familiarity with the downtown area, the programs that the DIB promotes, and events that are part of the fabric of the downtown area.

His list of skills ranges from writing mobile apps, providing sound production services for DIB events, along with IT and web skills that will be valuable in the marketing area of the organization. He has been coming to the downtown area since early childhood and hopes to make a difference in the area.

Freeman said, "I remember as a young man coming and having lunch at one of the restaurants downtown and going to the music store on Saturday afternoon and it's just always been almost a romantic interest of mine to be a part of downtown."

This is not the first time he has been asked to apply for the directorship, but this is the first time he felt that things in his personal life were aligned allowing him to accept the position.