NEW ALBANY, Miss (WTVA) -- Main Street in downtown New Albany is buzzing with excitement.
After a month long search, the New Albany Main Street Association names a new director.
"She is very organized and detail and not afraid of getting out in front of the public solicit new members look for ways we can improve our organization," said Bob Spencer, New Albany Main Street Association President.
Billye Jean Stroud. The New Albany native brings a wealth of business experience to the table.
"Billye Jean has been successful in her previous jobs and worked for some national financial institutions," said Stroud.
Downtown business owners along the bustling Main Street are excited with the Main Street Association’s choice.
"Billye Jean’s got a great personality a lot of energy. I think she’ll be great, build great relationships with the downtown business owners and be strong for the future of the main street organization," said Travis Wiseman, Union Appliance and Furniture Owner.
"I am really excited because Miss Stroud is coming in. Miss Stroud is coming in to a town that’s on the cusp of beginning to take off," said Mike Carroll, Ciao Chow Co-Owner.
New Albany’s downtown has grown with new restaurants, new boutiques as well as apartments. Main Street leaders hope Billye Jean Stroud can build on the foundation it has already built.
"She is aware of how to use technology that seems really to be a key to reaching out and we want to spotlight our individual businesses and members, through that media and hope to promote things that are going on downtown," said Spencer.
So that New Albany’s downtown, which is the heart of the community, will continue to thrive and stand out from the rest.
Stroud begins her new stint on Monday.