Williams named Main Street Manager in Locust Grove

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

Anna Williams says she wants to attract more people to Locust Grove’s downtown area, while spreading the word about what the city has to offer.

Anna Williams. Special photo

“It’s a small, kind of hometown feel here in Locust Grove,” says Williams, who took over as the Main Street program manager on June 5. “It’s not been just taken over by Atlanta, and the historic downtown is distinct from the rest of the surrounding area.”

Williams, 24, obtained her bachelor’ degree in history from Agnes Scott College in 2013, and a master’s degree in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University last month.

She says she is excited to begin her career in Locust Grove.

“I got really lucky,” she says. “Right away I kind of hit the ground running. I already have my first event planned, and that’s called Picnic in the Park. I want to get people into downtown, and I want to foster partnerships between the new part of town and the historic downtown.”

Williams adds that she is assisting with the city’s Livable Centers Initiative study, to create wayfinding signage for the downtown area. She hopes to partner with businesses which are not in downtown Locust Grove, to encourage them to sponsor events in the city.

“I’ve already met with the Historic Preservation Commis-sion and the Main Street Board of Directors, and talked to them about what their ideas are, what they need, and what they’d like to see,” she says.

For more information, call Locust Grove City Hall at 770-957-5043.