2019-01-17 / Front Page

Parker will manage Main Street in addition to historical duties

The City of Washington’s Director of Historic Properties, Janet Parker, has been hired to take over the duties of the recently departed Main Street Director Elizabeth Elliott. Having been employed by the city for about a year, Parker worked closely with Elliott on many Main Street initiatives and was highly recommended by Elliott as her replacement.

“Janet has truly demonstrated her leadership capabilities and skills in economic development in her short time with the city,” Washington City Administrator Sherri Bailey said.

“I am excited to be given the opportunity to move the needle with Downtown Washington,” Parker said. “Thus far we’ve had a good track record of expanding offerings at the historic properties – revenue is up this year over last year and significantly up over years past. I anticipate making progress with downtown in the same fashion, and am looking forward to hitting the ground running.”

Parker will continue in her duties as Director of Historic Properties and will take over the Main Street responsibilities, thus establishing new duties under her current job title. “This position will be a good fit because all of Washington is historic, and downtown activities fit seamlessly into her current programming,” Bailey said. “Her vision is to expand the programming she has created at both museums into downtown. She will also work in partnership with DDA to advocate for small business growth in downtown by actively pursuing the types of businesses we are lacking in Washington, to help fill the retail gaps.”

Parker has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Art History with a master’s in Nonprofit Management from the University of Georgia. Prior to coming to Washington, she was the Administrative Director for the Taylor-Grady House and Junior League of Athens. Her past and current work experience includes research, development, marketing, and historic preservation.

Parker received the 2017 Hospitality HEROES of the Year Award in Clarke County and also served on the Athens Clarke County Historic Preservation Commission and the board of directors for the Athens Historical Society.

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