PROVIDENCE – The Providence Downtown Improvement District’s board of directors voted to appoint Frank LaTorre as its executive director during its meeting Feb. 15.
LaTorre has served as director of public space, and subsequently senior director, since the DID’s launch in 2005. He has served as interim executive director since July.
The organization was the first special improvement district in Rhode Island, established with the mission to “continuously enhance the quality of life in downtown Providence.”
As part of his DID duties, LaTorre has served as chairman of the Providence Hospitality Resource Partnership, working collaboratively with a broad section of stakeholders in the downtown community to address nightlife issues. He also chairs the Downtown Providence Security Network. In 2015, he graduated from the inaugural class of the Providence Citizens Police Academy.
Prior to working for the DID, LaTorre was the executive director of the Public Assembly Facilities Division of the city of Portland, Maine, where he also served as past president of the Greater Portland Maine Convention and Visitors Bureau.
LaTorre is a graduate of Boston College. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and minored in economics.