Gainesville will soon be getting a new manager for its downtown development program, Main Street Gainesville.
Kristen Redmon, the current manager, will be taking a position with Gainesville Water Resources as a water conservation specialist. While she has been the manager of Main Street since 2017, she previously worked as a water conservation specialist with the city from 2016 to 2017.
“I am looking forward to going back to the Department of Water Resources. I have a true passion for conservation and leading others in being good stewards of our natural resources,” Redmon said in a statement.
Redmon will stay in her role at Main Street until Oct. 7. She said her Water Resources role will focus on educating the public about saving water and responding to droughts. Her degree from the University of North Georgia is in biology.
She said some highlights of her time with Main Street include planning a concert on top of the downtown parking deck and setting up a pop-up dog park in Roosevelt Square. The recent Latino Fest, organized by the Gainesville-based Hispanic Alliance GA, she said, was an example of how downtown is a space for the “entire community coming together on soil that is everyone’s and should be everyone’s.”
Main Street Gainesville is a division of the Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau focused on downtown programs and businesses. Main Street organizes events such as Jingle Mingle, Christmas on Green Street and First Friday concerts.
Redmon said Main Street will sponsor the concert on Friday night during Mule Camp Market and help coordinate communication between the Gainesville Jaycees and downtown businesses. The event, which will run from Oct. 11-13, is organized by the Jaycees and held downtown each fall.
The program, which covers downtown, midtown and the Brenau University area, offers benefits to businesses, including social media promotion, event consultation services and access to grants.
Robyn Lynch, the city’s tourism director, said the Communications and Tourism Office, which also includes the Gainesville CVB, will take over Main Street until the position is filled. That will include planning for Jingle Mingle and Christmas on Green Street, two upcoming holiday events downtown.
The Main Street manager position is posted on the city’s website.
“We’re looking for someone that is energetic and has a passion and excitement for Main Street and economic development and creating opportunities for people to come downtown and support our local businesses,” Lynch said.
The Communications and Tourism Office also is in the process of hiring a public relations manager. The position is no longer listed online, but an announcement has not been made about a hire.