The director of the Conyers Main Street program, Monica Coffin, recently resigned after seven years heading the community program, citing the need to spend more time with her family and young son. Her last day was Friday, July 18.
In a letter to Olde Town merchants and businesses, Coffin said "I have had the pleasure and priviledge to work with many of you for the past seven years... It has been an amazing experience to be a member of the Olde Town family and assist with the ongoing revitalization and preservation efforts in our historic district."
She wrote that she and her husband grew up in Conyers and moved back when they were ready to start a family because of the small town atmosphere.
"I love Conyers and Olde Town but have decided to resign from the city of Conyers to spend more time with my family... I am proud to have worked beside the building owners, merchants, volunteers, leadership, city employees and more in the heart of our community."
City spokesperson Jennifer Edwards said in a letter to merchants, "Monica was integral to getting the Conyers Main Street Program off the ground, championing it over the years and her knowlege, enthusiasm and experience will be missed."
"In the coming weeks, city staff, with guidance from the mayor and city council, will be evaluating the Main Street Program's effectiveness for Olde Town Conyers and determining next steps for the program."
Options to be considered include a job search for a new manager of the program, appointing new members of the Main Street Board of Directors, and generally continuing the program as it exists, Edwards wrote. Edwards oversees the hiring for the Main Street Conyers manger and the City Council appoints Main Street Board members.
Another option might be to rework the existing Four-Point Approach model "to something more tailored towards Conyers' immediate needs and plans for the future." The Four-Point approach model followed by Main Street programs tries to improve communities through Design, Community Outreach, Economic Restructuring and Promotions.