RIPLEY – Ripley Main Street will have a new guiding hand with the recent departure of Allison Windham as executive director.
After six years as the face of the organization, Windham made what she called a heart-wrenching decision to leave for a full-time job with First Monday and associated enterprises, businesses her husband’s family founded a number of years ago.
“I’m sad to be leaving, especially with a new city administration coming on board,” she said, “but it was time. There were no problems, and I was very happy – loved my job – but I was at a point where I had completed some of the projects I started.”
When she entertained the thought of joining the family business last year, Windham said there were too many irons in the fire for her to feel comfortable leaving at that time.
Completing the move for Ripley Main Street offices to a permanent location and renovation of the old jail to house county archives were top priorities.
“I think things are ready now for the next person to come in and move ahead,” she said.
Projects, ongoing festivals and events launched and/or completed during Windham’s tenure with Ripley Main Street include:
• Acquisition of grants and renovation of the Dixie Theater, which now operates under its own board’s management.
• Acquisition of a grant to complete historical renovation of the old Tippah County jail to serve as a climate-controlled county records archive.
• Fourth of July Star Spangled Celebration and 5K
• Fall Chili Festival and Trick-or-Treat Downtown
• New litter control efforts that she hopes will lead to a Keep Ripley-Tippah County Beautiful chapter.
Windham will continue to help as a member of the Ripley Main Street board, and will use many of the skills she has learned in her new job at First Monday.
“I’m definitely a people person, and I have learned so much, met so many wonderful people with the Main Street organization,” Windham said. “Everyone at the Mississippi Main Street office deserves appreciation, too, for all they do to support us and how easy they are to work with.”
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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