Main Street District’s President & CEO Matt Kennell Selected to Become Riley Fellow

Matt Kennell

Matt Kennell

Columbia, SC – March 23, 2022 – The Main Street District is pleased to announce that Matt Kennell, President & CEO, joins other distinguished leaders from across South Carolina to participate in the Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI), an award-winning program of Furman University’s Riley Institute.

Now in its 19th year, the program equips participants with the tools and perspectives needed to leverage diversity as a way to improve organizational outcomes and drive social and economic progress in South Carolina. Kennell is one of 39 individuals to be a part of the 14th Midlands DLI Cohort.

Once participants of this class graduate in June and become Riley Fellows, they join a powerful cross-sector network of South Carolinians that include corporate CEOs, legislators, superintendents, religious and nonprofit heads, and business and community leaders. Learn more at

About Matt Kennell
Matt Kennell has worked in urban development and management for over three decades in a variety of roles including City Planner, Main Street Manager, Community Development Manager, and in Business Improvement District (BID) management in Florida, Virginia, and South Carolina. He is a graduate of Christopher Newport University in Virginia and of Florida Atlantic University, where he earned his MPA degree in Environmental Growth Management. He is the founding President and CEO of the Main Street District, which provides public space management, economic development, retail recruitment, homeless outreach, public advocacy, and planning for the heart of Columbia’s downtown. Visit for more on the Main Street District.

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