Meet Phil Boggan, Belmont's
New Downtown Director
Phil Boggan, Belmont’s new Downtown Director, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Alabama and a master’s degree in historic preservation from Tulane University School of Architecture.
After working briefly as a public school teacher, Phil began his career with the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office as the certified local government coordinator and design coordinator of Main Street. A year later Phil was promoted to the state director of the Louisiana Main Street Program. Over a five year span, Phil worked with communities across Louisiana with their downtown revitalization efforts, cultural development, business retention and recruitment strategies.
After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Phil shifted the Main Street focus from rural to urban as he launched the Urban Main Street initiative to revitalize New Orleans’ traditional commercial corridors. He was recognized for those successful efforts by first lady Laura Bush during her Preserve America Summit.
Over the last 10 years, Phil served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and appointed Assistant Secretary by the Lt. Governor for the Office of Cultural Development, overseeing the state’s policy, legislative, and programmatic efforts in archaeology, arts, historic preservation, cultural economic development and creative place-making.