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Posted: May 18, 2017 9:56 a.m.

Chamber hires new Main Street Director

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Lauren Singleton

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Lauren Singleton has been hired as the new Main Street Director.

After an extensive search process, the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce has hired Singleton as the new Director of the Main Street Covington program.  The Director will have responsibility for day-to-day operations of the program that oversees the activities in the geographic area known as the “Downtown Business District.”  The district includes the historic downtown square as well as several blocks adjacent to downtown, including most of the government district in Covington.

“We are very excited to bring Lauren on our Chamber team.” Chamber President Ralph Staffins said. “We reviewed over 25 applicants for this position and finding the right person who had strong Main Street experience, a history of successful relationship building, and the unique personality for this role was not easy. We feel Lauren brings all these skill sets to the program.”

Allan Seebaran, chair of the Main Street Board, said, “Downtown Covington has grown to a level that compares us to larger and more progressive cities; Miss Singleton is bringing the experience, training, knowledge, and creativity to take us to the next level.”

Lauren is a native of Georgia and previously worked as the Main Street Manager for the City of McDonough. She has produced several events for the cities of McDonough, Riverdale and Morrow. As a graduate of Clayton College & State University in Morrow, Georgia, she received her bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies with an emphasis on Entertainment Management. Singleton’s background includes social media management, graphic design, and marketing, in addition to event production and management.Her official start date will be May 29.

The Main Street program is built upon four guiding principles that the Director will be responsible for: Organization—the Main Street Board, volunteers, and committees; Design—maintaining the historic design values of the district, signage, and coordinated streetscape and landscape aesthetics; Promotion—brand management and drawing visitors and residents to the district; Economic Restructuring—connecting property owners and businesses in the district to financial and business solutions.

Any questions or inquiries can be directed to Ralph Staffins at RStaffins@newtonchamber.com, or by calling the office at 770-786-7510.

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