Mechel McKinley, who has been the Main Street Macon manager since July 2011, is leaving the job.
McKinley has been hired as the Downtown Development Authority director for the city of Stone Mountain, according to a news release. She will begin her new responsibilities in mid-March.
We are extremely proud of Mechel, Ben Sapp, president of the Main Street Macon board, said in the release. She has worked diligently to grow the Main Street program since the beginning and we will miss her. This is a great opportunity for her to move into a position with even more responsibility as director of a DDA.
Main Street Macon is committed to the economic development and revitalization of the central business district of downtown Macon,
Shortly after starting with the city of Macon, the city received its official designation as a Main Street community from the Department of Community Affairs. McKinley took over direction of the Middle Georgia Christmas parade and coordinated with other organizations to create Christmas in Downtown. In 2012, in partnership with the Downtown Macon Rotary Club, Main Street Macon became a sponsor and coordinator of the Macon Beer Festival.
McKinley said in the release that Macon has been her home for the past eight years.
I fell in love with the city shortly after moving here, and it has been my pleasure to work to promote it to others, she said.
Macon-Bibb County will be posting the Main Street Macon job opening soon. Applicants can visit www.cityofmacon.net to apply.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.