Newton welcomes new Main Street Program manager

NEWTON, N.C. – The city of Newton is pleased to welcome Shannon Johnson as its new Main Street Program manager. The Downtown Newton Development Association will host a welcoming reception for the public to meet Johnson from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 at Carolina Vines in Downtown Newton.Main Street Manager Shannon Johnson

Johnson comes to Newton from the city of Albemarle, where she has been the executive director of the Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation since 2013. In Albemarle, Johnson oversaw the city’s Main Street Program while managing three public venues and the city’s farmers market.

Prior to her time with the city of Albemarle, Johnson served as sustainable local economy manager/planner for Cabarrus County; foundation and corporate support for the U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis, Md.; temporary director of the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable in Washington, D.C.; and chief operating officer of Moozatech Inc. in McLean, Va.

“We’re fortunate to have someone with Shannon’s experience joining the team of professionals working to make Newton a better place to live and work in,” said Newton Planning Director Randy Williams. “She will work closely with our Planning Department and the Downtown Newton Development Association, as well as Downtown merchants, to stimulate economic development and revitalize our Downtown.”

The North Carolina Main Street Program provides technical assistance, guidance and training to 61 participating communities across the state. The program aims to help selected communities restore economic vitality to their historic downtowns through a process developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The process, known as the Main Street Four-Point Approach, includes organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to come to Newton and work with people who have already demonstrated success with downtown projects,” Johnson said. “I hope that my knowledge and experience will complement the talent that exists within the community.”

Johnson will begin as Newton’s Main Street Program manager on Sept. 8. Mark your calendar to stop by Carolina Vines at 19 North College Ave., Newton, between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m Wednesday, Sept. 9, for a chance to meet Johnson and learn more about Newton’s Main Street Program.