by Jennifer Sierra
Former Dayton, Kentucky Main Street Manager Anthony Cadle resigned his position in early January 2016, and since then a search by the City of Dayton has been in progress to replace him. Before Anthony, the Main Street Manager was the current City Administrator, Michael Giffen. For those that are not familiar with the Main Street Manager’s role to date, the goal of a main street manager is to facilitate the revitalization of historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and help put historic preservation back in the community revitalization conversation. A Main Street Board is accredited by the Kentucky Heritage Council, and thereby allows cities like Dayton to receive grant money for the Central Business District. The Kentucky Main Street Program has been a successful addition toward reversing the economic decline in Kentucky’s downtown areas, both small and large. Participation in this program requires local commitment and financial support. A Main Street director administers the program locally through a volunteer board.
Over 30 applicants applied for the Dayton, Kentucky Main Street Manager position formerly held by Anthony Cadle. After reworking the job description, the position title is The Main Street and Community Development Director. Applicants were requested to have a Bachelor’s Degree, knowledge of marketing and business administration as well as Grant writing experience and revitalization issues confronting downtown businesses. The job was awarded to Newport, Kentucky resident Tina Neyer. Many know Tina from her volunteer work at the Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum. Tina’s family is from Dayton, Kentucky. Tina is an avid writer and does blog work for an organic farm in Independence, Kentucky called Red Sunflower Farm. According to her web site, tinaneyer,com, Tina also writes “personal histories for business owners and private individuals who wish to leave a legacy for future generations”.
Tina will begin work in her new role starting April 5th. We’ll check in with her soon after to learn more about this new position in Dayton, her goals for her first year, and what changes residents can look forward to.