The Rotary Club of Lexington will hold its weekly meeting Thursday, August 14, at 12:00 p.m., at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. There will be a panel discussion moderated by Rotarian Darby Turner. The topic of discussion will be the latest news and developments in downtown Lexington. The panel will feature Jeff Fugate, President of the Lexington Downtown Development Authority (LDDA); Renee Jackson, President of the Downtown Lexington Corp.; and Gary Means, Executive Director of the Lexington & Fayette County Parking Authority (CAPP).
Jeff Fugate began his career leading teams of construction volunteers with Habitat for Humanity in the neighborhoods of Washington D.C. After hanging up the hammer, Fugate continued his career in community planning and development. A graduate of the University of Kentucky Honors Program and a Gaines Fellow in the Humanities, Fugate later returned to school in Urban Planning and Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon graduation, Fugate provided consulting services to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on their regional economic development framework and in 2008, Fugate joined a community development corporation in Lowell, Massachusetts where he initiated the organization’s first LEED-certifiable project and oversaw the renovation of a historic school building into apartments. Upon returning to Lexington in the autumn of 2010, Fugate ran a $2M energy efficiency fund for MACED in Berea, Kentucky.
Fugate joined the LDDA in January of 2012 where he has provided key analysis to Lexington on a myriad of issues including the Old Courthouse, 21c Museum Hotel, and the Rupp Arena Arts and Entertainment District. The LDDA promotes physical and economic development that maintains Downtown Lexington as the lively, thriving, and diverse heart of Central Kentucky. Fugate lives near downtown with his wife and school-aged children and serves on the Board of LexTran.
Renee Jackson is a lifelong resident of Kentucky where she lives with her two daughters, Coco and Stella. She received her Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture and her Masters of Public Administration from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky.
Renee is the President of Downtown Lexington Corporation (DLC), a nonprofit advocacy and promotional group for downtown Lexington. Renee’s role as President of DLC demands many meetings with local political, business and other community leaders as well as the general public. DLC is involved in all aspects of downtown from beautification, business relations, parking, events or any other needs that arise. Renee is involved with numerous civic and nonprofit groups and is committed to making a difference in her community.
Currently she is a member of the Lexington Clinic Foundation’s Board of Directors. Renee has served on many nonprofit boards and committees over the last 16 years serving in various leadership roles. In 2012 Renee joined the Rotary Club of Lexington. Renee also served as an ambassador for Commerce Lexington for two years. In 2013 Renee was recognized as the Boys & Girls Club’s Role Model of the Year; additionally she received the Lexington Young Professional Association’s Rising Star Award in 2005 and 2008. In her limited spare time, Renee enjoys traveling and reading but most of all enjoys spending time with her daughters and dog, Karl and cat, Glitter.
With a B.A. in Broadcasting from Eastern Kentucky University, Gary Means is a member of the International Parking Institute and has been appointed to the IPI Advisory Council. He also serves on the IPI Parking Matters Committee and he is co-chair of the IPI Professional Recognition Committee. He also serves as secretary of the board of directors for the Mid-South Transportation & Parking Association.
Gary has served on many local committees and task forces, including the Downtown Lexington Corporation Board of Directors and sits on the advisory committee for the Lexington Downtown Development Authority. In 2000, Gary received Downtown Lexington Corporation’s “Outstanding Individual” Award. In May of 2007, after 12 years of parking management experience with one of the nation’s largest parking operators, Gary moved from private to public parking and began his current role as ED of the LFCPA. Gary and his wife Melissa have two children Jordan and Sumer.