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Rochester Downtown Alliance Announces Director of Events & Strategic Partnerships Hire

Media Contact: Katie Adelman
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Direct: 507-216-9886



Rochester Downtown Alliance Announces Director of Events & Strategic Partnerships Hire

ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) announces the hiring of Kanika Couchene as the organization’s director of events & strategic partnerships.

Through her role as RDA director of events & strategic partnerships, Couchene will manage the RDA’s core event portfolio, nurture relationships with community partners, and develop working relations with downtown stakeholder businesses and organizations.

Couchene comes to the RDA from a manufacturing company where she served as the global executive assistance and event planner. Her previous experience includes being a continuing medical education event specialist and HR program coordinator at Mayo Clinic, and program director at The Mentor Network - REM River Bluffs Region. Couchene received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in communication from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

“I have always had a strong sense of community, which is why I am thrilled to be joining the RDA team,” said Couchene. “Taking my passion for event planning and cultivating relationships, I am excited to find creative, inviting but most importantly safe ways for our downtown community to thrive.”

Couchene will start with the RDA March 23, 2021.

About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.