Bethany Emenhiser- Historic Preservation Program Manager in the Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Department for the City of Bloomington.
• Tell us about your job and your responsibilities.
In my capacity as historic preservation program manager, I serve as the staff liaison to the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission, complete all internal environmental reviews and manages external environmental reviews, and provides technical assistance to the City and its’ residents.
• What is your favorite part about working at the City of Bloomington’s HAND Department?
The best part of my job is when I get to work with the neighbors in the historic districts, they make my mostly regulatory job have a more human component.
• How long have you lived in Bloomington and what brought you here?
I moved to Bloomington in July 2015 for this job. I moved from Savannah, GA where I was in graduate school, but am a Hoosier native (rural Fort Wayne area).
• Are you involved in any other community organizations or have any hobbies?
I am involved with Open Streets Bloomington. Open Streets strives to improve community relationships, encourage livable public spaces, and generate more opportunities for cultural understanding through the creative use of streets and public spaces.
I'm also a part of my neighborhood organization, Prospect Hill. Neighborhood Associations work to proactively enhance the quality of life by unifying the voice of the neighborhood while mobilizing commitment for neighborhood issues and initiatives. You can find a list of other Bloomington neighborhood associations here!
• Where do you see Bloomington in 5 years?
I see Bloomington continuing to grow and remain a center of arts, culture and music.
• What is your favorite Bloomington tradition?
The farmer’s market. I love walking there on Saturday mornings and grabbing a treat from Sweet Claire’s and a coffee from Brown County Coffee Roasters. I also walk around the market and get my produce for the week. I never know what I will be cooking for the week until I make a stop at the market. It’s a nice Saturday ritual to have.
• Where can you be found on the weekends and spare time?
I am usually walking around downtown or checking out a new art or history exhibit. I also like to have down time on the weekends, so generally I am at home cooking, reading or relaxing.
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