Tom Hardy is resigning as Executive Director in order to pursue other business opportunities. Tom will remain involved in a more limited basis during the transition as a consultant on key projects such as the Garden Theater Block. The transition of Tom’s role is not unexpected, given that ACCA is no longer eligible for operating support from the City (ACCBO) that had been used to pay for Tom’s time, and that ACCA is evolving from a development focus to a focus on program related service.
Most community development funding, such as ACCBO, is targeted towards neighborhoods that have an average median income that is less than 80% of the region’s. Based on recent data, Allegheny City Central’s median income has increased to the point that it exceeds that threshold. With reduced funds available for staffing, ACCA’s Executive Committee asked Tom to help us develop an Operations Manual that can serve as a resource for the organization to update responsibilities and procedures moving forward.
“I’m really appreciative to ACCA for the opportunities that I’ve had with the organization over the past seven years,” Tom said. “It’s an honor to be able to work in your own neighborhood. What ACCA has accomplished is testament to a long line of talented and committed volunteers that have served over the years. I look forward to continuing to be involved in the growth of the community, albeit in a different capacity.”
“Tom has been an extraordinarily valuable asset to our organization. We are sad to see him go and wish him the best of luck in his future ventures,” says Andrew Wickesberg, president of Allegheny City Central Association.