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Saying Goodbye to a Central Component of the LCC Team: Communications Coordinator Moves onto New Opportunity at University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

Appalachian LCC Communications Coordinator Matthew Cimitile will be departing the LCC team after five years for a job opportunity with the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg as their communications and marketing manager/officer.

Matthew was a critical component in the evolution and growth of the LCC, translating conservation science to key audiences, developing products for media, congressional briefings and science delivery workshops, and overseeing communications for the regional partnership. Before leaving, Matt sent a heartfelt message to friends and colleagues he has worked with over the years that helped move landscape conservation forward in the Appalachian.

Hello Friends and Colleagues,

After extensive thought and deliberation, I have decided to take a job opportunity with the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg in their Communications Department. My last work day will be Friday, August 11.

I have had a wonderful experience over the last 5 years (they go by fast) with the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, a truly remarkable partnership doing great conservation work in one of the best places on Earth. The opportunity to lead communications with our partnership has made me into a better writer, improved my ability to handle multiple tasks at once, enhanced my comfort with public speaking in front of intimidating crowds (ok, the Board wasn't too intimidating), and made me realize the amazing value of partnerships to contribute lasting results. Most importantly, it allowed me to be part of and contribute to a mission I hold dear, the conservation of birds and their habitats throughout the Appalachian Mountains. A mission I have been proud to be a part of since day 1.

Though I am moving away from conservation work for the moment (I will be documenting sea-level rise and sustainability issues quite a bit in my new gig), my passion and love for the outdoors has not diminished. I plan to stay engaged with the issues of conservation in the Appalachians and continue to return often to hike those beautiful mountains. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have been provided over these last years and wish you all the best of luck in the future.

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