Main Street manager completes community leader training

CONYERS - Monica Coffin, Conyers Main Street Program manager, has completed the Georgia Academy for Economic Development training program for community leaders.

The five-day program is designed to enhance training in the basics of economic development plus specialized training in a variety of areas, including small business support, tourism development and work force development.

"I look forward to being able to utilize this training in helping move the Main Street Program forward and help in the overall economic development of Conyers," Coffin said.

The Georgia Academy program was developed in 1993 and utilizes a cross-section of economic development and education professionals and resources to develop curriculum to provide training to local leaders.

Georgia GMC and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff support.

"Monica is a first-class ambassador for Conyers and Rockdale County," City Manager Tony Lucas said. "The knowledge she gained through the completion of the economic development academy is essential to the continued promotion of Conyers and our Main Street Program."

The Main Street program is administered through the Department of Community Affairs and is a comprehensive revitalization project designed to spur economic development and enhance a downtown area through coordinated efforts from the public and private sector.

Coffin served as the point person for the city during the application and planning process for the Main Street Program and was named director when the city received the official designation earlier this year. The Main Street Program is operated out of the Conyers Welcome Center located in the historic Depot in Olde Town.

Ric Latarski can be reached at ric.latarski@rockdalecitizen.com.