New leader hired for Main Street Macon program

Fulbright brings history of downtown work

jgaines@macon.comJune 17, 2014 

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Steven Fulbright has been hired as Macon-Bibb County’s new Main Street Macon director.

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Steven Fulbright, already active in many groups in and around downtown, has been hired as Macon-Bibb County’s new Main Street Macon director.

Officially, his job title is downtown development specialist in the Economic & Community Development Department, but managing Main Street Macon will be his primary responsibility, Macon-Bibb spokesman Chris Floore said Tuesday in a news release. Fulbright will be the primary contact for residents, businesses and organizations working to improve the historic downtown area.

Fulbright, 33, said he grew up in Jones County and moved to downtown Macon where he worked at the Hay House while attending college.

“I’ve been here for 15 years now and love it,” he said. “It’s changed a lot in those 15 years for the better.”

Fulbright has served as Hay House events coordinator, visitor services coordinator at the now-closed Georgia Music Hall of Fame and as visitor center manager for the Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In a news release, Main Street Macon Chairman Ben Sapp said Fulbright is “already well known and respected” for his work downtown with residents, visitors, small businesses and nonprofits.

“He is well-suited to his new position, and I have no doubt that Main Street Macon will continue to thrive under Steven’s leadership,” Sapp said.

Mechel McKinley, the previous Main Street Macon manager, announced in February that she would leave the job she held since July 2011 to become Downtown Development Authority director for the city of Stone Mountain. Soon after she began work here, Macon got its official designation as a Main Street community from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

McKinley coordinated with other groups to create Christmas in Downtown. In 2012, Main Street Macon partnered with the Downtown Macon Rotary Club to sponsor the Macon Beer Festival.

Fulbright said he knew about the Main Street Macon job opening because he’d been friends with McKinley since working with her on the visitors bureau “I Am Macon” program. He liked what Main Street did and decided to apply, he said.

Floore said the job was advertised online, and the top five applicants were interviewed by city-county officials and Sapp.

Fulbright said he wants to see more unique businesses open downtown, such as the new Ocmulgee Traders grocery, and aid the growth of festivals such as Bragg Jam and the beer festival. But details on those efforts will have to wait.

“Once I get my feet wet, I think I’ll determine whether there will be any changes,” he said.

To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.

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