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Remembering a downtown visionary: Memorial service for Tamara Zahn

Downtown Indy, Inc. president for 19-years
Posted at 6:18 PM, Oct 09, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS—At a memorial service Friday, former Downtown Indy, Inc. president Tamara Zahn was remembered as a visionary who was behind many of the major events in the city over a period of nearly 30-years.

Zahn died last week at the age of 67. She was president of Downtown Indy, Inc. from 1993 to 2012.

The service was held at a fitting place: Monument Circle. Speakers included Mayor Joe Hogsett. "We lost Tamara at an unprecedented moment," the mayor said. The challenges that remain will require all of us to summon a portion of the dedication she had for Indianapolis. We need her spirit now more than ever."

Zahn was one of the city's biggest cheerleaders and was remembered for her inspiration and imigination to make Indianapolis a world-class destination.

Many spoke besides Hogsett, including former Mayor Bart Peterson and Allison Melangton of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

At the time of her death, Downtown Indy, Inc. sent this tribute: Indianapolis has lost a civic icon who was a giant among corporate, nonprofit and elected leaders and peers. Her passion for Downtown Indy was unparalleled, which led to national recognition for outstanding urban revitalization, monumental development and unrivaled beautification -- all due to her inspired leadership and attention to detail.

Downtown Indy, Inc. has established the Tamara Zahn Downtown Impact Fund [], benefiting beautification and innovation in the urban core to memorialize and remember Zahn's contribution to attracting and supporting young, professional talent.