New Bern's Swiss Bear executive director to retire

The executive director of the Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corp. is retiring at the end of December.

That's according to the New Bern Sun Journal.

Susan Moffat Thomas has been with the Swiss Bear nonprofit since 1985.

The organization has helped revitalize downtown New Bern and its waterfront.

The nonprofit puts on events like Mumfest that bring in a large amount of visitors and tourism dollars.

In June, New Bern city leaders announced funding cuts to nonprofits, including the Swiss Bear.

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