Georgia Downtown Association

Georgia Downtown Association

    
    

Mentoring Program


In order to understand the complexity of a comprehensive downtown development program, new downtown professionals need good quality information regarding the common practices, rules, regulations, expectations, values and core beliefs of Georgia’s successful downtown programs. The Georgia Downtown Association’s Professional Mentoring Program provides a peer-to-peer mentoring opportunity designed to support newly engaged downtown professionals.

Since 2013, twenty nine (29) “vintage” managers across the state have helped over thirty five (35) new downtown professionals navigate the field, grow their careers, and reach achievements for their respective towns.  Following are a few of our “vintage” managers and their areas expertise that are part of this success:
 

MANAGER

MUNICIPALITY

AREA(S) OF EXPERTISE

Hasco Craver

Newnan

Organizational Development, Project Funding Options

Catherine Edgemon

Perry

Historic Preservation, Grant Writing

Phoebe Ericson

Carrollton

Promotions, Business Recruitment

Ellen Hill

Valdosta

Financial Incentives, Events

Mathew Hill

Brunswick

Preservation, Fa├žade Improvements, Grant Programs

Sadie Krawczyk

Monroe

Board Management, Redevelopment

Mechel McKinley

DeKalb County

Business Development, Public Relations, Marketing

Amy Pinnell

Braselton

Start Up Process, Fundraising, Promotions

Jamie Riggs

Metter

Promotions, Economic Development

Mitzi Saxon

Woodstock

Promotions, Membership

Carlee Schulte

Milledgeville

Promotions, Business Retention & Expansion

Connie Tabor

Toccoa

Economic Restructure, Design, Promotions, and Organization


The goal of the Mentoring Program is to help those new to the field become successful members of Georgia’s downtown development team by:
 
  • Providing a positive and successful introduction/occupational transition for new professionals.
  • Promoting the professional well-being of new professionals.
  • Providing ongoing guidance, support, and reinforcement to new professionals through an organized, well-defined program.
  • Promoting excellence in management to improve Georgia’s downtowns.
  • Building awareness of the culture of the profession.
  • Increasing mutual respect and collaboration among professionals.
  • Increasing retention of new professionals.
We invite you to complete and submit the application by opening the link at the top of this page to become active in this exceptional program.