Mount Airy names New Yorker to boost Main Street


Mount Airy officials have named a manager for the town's new Main Street revitalization program.

Jill Lemke, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, has accepted the position, Mayor James S. Holt said yesterday. Now living in Buffalo, N.Y., she plans to begin work next month.

"We're very excited to have her coming here because of her qualifications, and she's quite enthusiastic," Holt said.

Lemke has a master's degree from Cornell University in regional planning, with a concentration in community and economic development, according to the announcement.

Her bachelor of science degree from the State University of New York-Brockport is in communications, with a concentration in journalism and public relations. She has experience writing grant applications and has previously worked for the city of Buffalo, Holt said.

The town will pay her $45,000 a year for three years, Holt said.

Holt, council members and officers of the Mount Airy Main Street Association interviewed candidates, he said.

In April, the state Department of Housing and Community Development designated Mount Airy as a Main Street community. Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele toured the downtown in October.

Westminster and Taneytown also are among more than a dozen Maryland towns in the state program, which provides support to improve the economy and appearance of traditional main streets.

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