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New ReStore Marietta Director Hits the Ground Running
Posted on: 06/21/2013
By  Andy Rex
She’s been on the job for just a couple of weeks, but had to hit the ground running.
 
Jean Farmer is the new Executive Director of ReStore Marietta, replacing Mallory Greenham – who accepted another job in Wood County.  Farmer says she’s really enjoying the job, and deciding to take the job was easy with her background.
 
“I’ve been a volunteer for all my career as a banker," Farmer says.  "My degree is in interior design.  So, I have a passion about business and art.  My volunteerism just set into this whole job.  I love Marietta, and it seems like a perfect fit.”
 
Since the inception of the organization in 2006, steps have been taken to make the city an official Main Street Community.  And, Farmer says the process is almost complete.
 
“Next Tuesday, we have hopefully our final meeting with Heritage Ohio," Farmer explains.  "We hope to become a Main Street Community, which is a national movement for restoration and historic preservation for downtowns.  Being part of a Main Street Community, we’ll have the resources we need to move our beautiful city to the next phase.”
 
And, she says it’s a four point approach to accomplish the goals of the organization.  The first, which is what people really see, is promotions and marketing.
 
“That is what is really busy during the summer and at Christmas time," Farmer says.  "We have some events that are going on.  We have the Merchants and Artists Walk, which is five times a year now.  That’s on the second Friday of each month, and the next one will be July 12th.  The one we just had was very successful and very well attended.  We are very pleased about that.  The next event we have coming up is the Red, White, and Blues Festival, which is July 5th.”
 
Farmer says funds raised from the festival help support the hanging baskets of flowers in downtown and in Harmar.
 
She says the other parts of the approach include design – examining how buildings look and helping owners with restoration and beautification; organization – which is running the business operations; and economic restructuring – which is comprised of helping merchants make their businesses better.
 
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