Thursday, January 7, 2010
Smith new Main Street leader
By BARRY BURLESON
Judy Smith, retired superintendent of the Holly Springs School District, has been named interim executive director of the local Main Street organization.
The Holly Springs Main Street Board of Directors made the appointment last week for a term of one year with an evaluation and review after six months.
Smith, who retired in 2005, will work out of an office on the Rust College campus. Holly Springs Main Street, in its infant stages, is strapped financially and one of Smith’s main responsibilities will be to build the organization’s membership and financial base.
“I think this is a great idea,” said Tim Liddy, a member of the Main Street board. “We need somebody to spearhead things on a day-to-day basis.”
Smith, who has served on the Main Street board since June 2008, will step down from that position.
She said from meetings of Main Street committees she realized the volunteers are willing to work but they didn’t understand the organization.
So she studied Main Street extensively, said to herself “I can do this,” and offered her services.
“I was concerned about people losing interest,” Smith said. “We don’t want to lose that commitment.”
Main Street’s four-point approach to commercial district revitalization includes organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.
Organization involves getting everyone working toward the same goal and assembling the appropriate human and financial resources to implement a Main Street revitalization program.
Promotion sells a positive image of the commercial district and encourages consumers and investors to live, work, shop, play and invest in the Main Street district.
Design means getting Main Street into top physical shape.
Economic restructuring strengthens a community’s existing assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base.
Smith said she will concentrate on a working plan, “pulling it all together” and moving people forward in steps.
“This is a process that will build respect for our community,” she said. “I see it as a tremendous opportunity for us to work together for the betterment of Holly Springs and Marshall County. This is the county seat, and we need to promote our town.”
She has lived in Holly Springs about 30 years.
“What legacy are we going to leave our children?” Smith said. “We have such a good community, and we can make it better.”
She said participation will be the big key.
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