ATHENS, ALA: Spirit of Athens is hosting a reception for Jan Miller, Central District Director for Mississippi Main Street on Wednesday, July 27 at 4 PM at the Center of Lifelong Learning, 121 South Marion Street. The event is free and open to the public. At the reception, Miller will talk about the Main Street program and the success of the revitalization program in Mississippi downtowns, particularly Columbus which in size is comparable to Athens. Miller will be in downtown Athens for two days to offer training to SOA’s Board of Directors, committees and staff.

Spirit of Athens is a member of the National Main Street Association and active in the Main Street Alabama program.

Miller’s job responsibilities with Mississippi Main Street include oversight of and providing program support for twenty-one Main Street Communities in Mississippi. In working with such nationwide organizations as United Way and American Red Cross, Miller gained vast experience in the non-profit world including organizational development, fundraising, sponsor vetting and creation of strategic corporate alliances with non-profits.

In the Main Street arena, Miller worked for Main Street Columbus as the Executive Director for seven years. During that time she was responsible for creation of one of Mississippi's most walk-able downtown districts, as well as one of the most successful festivals in the State of Mississippi. Since that time, she has worked with dozens of Main Streets throughout the Southeast region. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, festival development and assessment and retail consulting. She has been honored by such luminaries as Mississippi University for Women, Southeast Tourism Society and Mississippi Main Street Association. She was also selected as Practitioner of the Year by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

Trisha Black
Executive Director, Spirit of Athens


Executive Director, Trisha Black