Conyers Main Street manager resigns

CONYERS — Monica Coffin, the first manager of the Conyers Main Street Program, has resigned.

Coffin was named Main Street manager in 2007 after she worked to help the city achieve Main Street designation.

“The mayor and council wanted us to pursue that and Monica was instrumental as we were going through those steps, and worked with the Department of Community Affairs as we moved toward achieving the designation,” said Jennifer Edwards, director of public relations and tourism for the city of Conyers. “Then she was just a natural fit for the position and has done phenomenal things, such as helping to secure low-interest loans for start-up businesses in Olde Town and helping to enhance events in Olde Town. Monica has done a good job, and I think she was loved and admired by most of the merchants in Olde Town.”

Coffin, who was unable to be reached for comment by press time, submitted a letter to Olde Town merchants on Wednesday announcing her resignation effective Friday and stating she planned to spend more time with her family.

“It has been an amazing experience to be a member of the Olde Town family and assist with the ongoing revitalization and preservation efforts in our historic district,” she wrote.

Mayor Randy Mills said Coffin “did a good job” in her role as Main Street manager, and the program will continue to move forward.

“We will not miss a lick,” he said.

In the interim before a replacement is hired, Edwards and the city’s Chief Operating Officer David Spann will fill in.

“This is an opportunity for us to reassess and make it even better,” Mills said.

He said the Main Street Program and the Downtown Development Authority have worked well together to bring new and diverse businesses to Olde Town, which helps keep the area thriving throughout the days and evenings.

“A major objective for us from the get-go was to build after-5 p.m. traffic, which we have done. Olde Town is pretty packed most evenings” Mills said. “We have created a diversity of businesses and are filling up storefronts – something that has been done in conjunction with both the Main Street Program and the Development Authority. It’s been a strong one-two punch.”

Now, he said, is a good time to “build upon the successes and improve upon it.”

Edwards said that the city will take some time to receive feedback from the public and merchants to see what is the best way to move forward. She said Coffin’s replacement may be tasked with keeping up with the Main Street certification process or working toward something more specifically tailored to the needs of Olde Town.

Questions or suggestions about the Main Street Program in Conyers can be submitted to Main Street Board Chairwoman Brandi Wells at 404-402-1489 or brandi@brandiwells.com or to Jennifer Edwards at 770-929-4299, jennifer.edwards@conyersga.com.