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Aug 25, 2011
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City Hires Holloway as Main Street Director

The City of Hendersonville has hired Lew Holloway for the newly created position of  Main Street Director.

The City of Hendersonville has hired Lew Holloway for the newly created position of Main Street Director.

WHAT HAPPENED? The City of Hendersonville has hired Lew Holloway for the newly created position of  Main Street Director.

WHY DO YOU CARE? The position is similar in design to that previously fulfilled by the director of the non-profit Downtown Hendersonville Inc. That organization has had several recent turnovers in leadership and was not under direct municipal control. With this new city-created and controlled position accountable to the administration and elected officials, maybe there will be more stability.

HOW DID IT GO DOWN? In May DHI executive director Randy Smith abruptly announced his resignation and Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Collis asked city staff to investigate the possibility of bringing the organization directly under the supervision of city officials.

DHI was comprised of the business and property owners occupying the Historic Downtown District including an estimated 120 shops and restaurants and promotes downtown businesses through various events and marketing endeavors.

Collis was the city’s representative on the DHI Board, but after Smith's departure advocated a public-private partnership governed by the city as part of the N.C. Main Street program operated by the state’s Department of Commerce.

A news release distributed by the city Thursday afternoon stated that Holloway was selected from among more than 85 applicants for the position.

Holloway was most recently working as a staff member with the North Carolina Department of Commerce Main Street program based in Asheville where he helped small communities across Western North Carolina implement the Main Street program within the West Jefferson, Wilkesboro and Highlands communities to build strong, sustainable downtown districts.

“Hendersonville’s downtown is a thriving, diverse community and we sought a candidate whose skills could capitalize on our strengths and help us plan for the future,” wrote Hendersonville City Manager Bo Ferguson in the news release. “Our Main Street program is starting a new chapter, and we think Lew is uniquely positioned to work with the new Main Street Advisory Committee to chart a future course for the City’s efforts in supporting and sustaining a vibrant core for Hendersonville and Henderson County.”

Holloway, who has a Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from Virginia Tech and worked as a project manager doing site design and land development prior to working with the NC Main Street Program, was enthusiastic about the challenge before him.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to begin working with the Hendersonville community and Main Street program,” he said in that same news release. “The city possesses a dynamic downtown, and it was clear throughout the interview process that there is enthusiasm and energy for working to ensure Main Street’s continued vibrancy and success. I look forward to being a part of this vitality, contributing my own knowledge of and passion for historic downtowns.”

 WHAT'S NEXT? Holloway starts his new role on Sept. 12 and will no doubt be soon seen on Main Street working to build relationships between the merchants and city officials.

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