Meghan Griffin said she wants to work with the city to see what people would like to see happen in downtown, and continue the good work that’s been going on.
The announcement that Griffin, 29, will be at the helm of the Main Street program was made Monday at a Canton City Council work session.
Griffin now works for the Cherokee County Historical Society.
“I’d like to just get my feet wet and figure out where they’ve been, what they’ve done previously and continue to work what they’ve been doing previously and then continue to grow the program from there,” Griffin said.
Griffin said she will work with various committees who will focus on downtown development and the historic preservation aspect of downtown, as well as help with planning events and promoting downtown businesses.
“I am really excited to get started,” Griffin said. “I’ve been working for the historical society for seven years. … I’ve been in Canton for 10.”
City Manager Scott Wood said that Griffin “has a familiarity with the geography and many of the project responsibilities and scopes of involvement, and we are confident that she is the right person to fill this position.”
Griffin said she has volunteered with the Canton Main Street program before, so she knows most people downtown.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Griffin said. “I can’t wait to be part of the team.”
Wood said Griffin will have a yearly salary of $38,000 and said the combined Economic Development and Main Street departments were approved for a $160,000 yearly budget. Economic Development Coordinator Matthew Thomas has an annual salary of $53,000.
“(Griffin) was chosen from a pool of approximately 40 applications,” Wood said. “Meghan was selected for a follow-up interview. She has a unique experience base in the city and the county, and the city in particular.”
Wood said that the starting date for Griffin had not been determined as of Tuesday, but said a meeting was planned for Tuesday to look into starting date possibilities.
“We are looking forward enthusiastically to working with her and welcoming her to the team of the city of Canton department heads that are already in place,” Wood said.