Mantaro Appointed Executive Director of Hamilton Initiative

(Hamilton, NY – Jan. 2012) Shannon Mantaro, formerly the marketing and operations director for Operation Oswego County, has been appointed as the executive director of the Hamilton Initiative.

The Hamilton Initiative is a for-profit limited liability company whose focus is real estate and economic development in downtown Hamilton. It currently comprises nine properties and related limited liability companies including the Palace Theater, the Hamilton Movie Theater and the Barge Canal Coffee Shop.

Mantaro also will serve as the executive director of the Partnership for Community Development. The Hamilton Initiative and the PCD are dedicated to fostering community and economic development in Hamilton.

From 2002-10, Mantaro oversaw the properties of Operation Oswego County, the designated economic development corporation for Oswego County. In addition, she developed and implemented traditional and new media marketing strategies to promote the assets of the area for business development. She also managed the day-to-day operations of the organization, has extensive grant writing experience and oversaw an annual giving campaign.

From 1997 to 2002, Mantaro served as public information coordinator for Oswego County. She also previously held the position of public relations director for the Syracuse Catholic Press Association. She holds a bachelor of arts in communication/journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester and expects to earn her master of science in communications from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2012.

Mantaro has been involved with and earned a number of professional awards from a wide range of regional councils, associations and organizations, including the New York State Economic Development Council and the Northeastern Economic Developers Association. She was a Forty Under 40 Professional Leadership Award recipient in 2004 and earned a distinguished alumni award from Leadership Oswego County in 2005.

Mantaro’s husband Thaddeus has been appointed first director of the Shaw Wellness Center at Colgate University.

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