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Downtown authority gets new director

POSTED: November 17, 2007 5:01 a.m.
Vicki Davis recently began her duties with the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority.
Davis’ work as the program’s director will include revitalization efforts in the city’s downtown business district as well as urban development projects such as the Memorial Drive Realignment.
“This is an exciting and busy time for Hinesville. I have had the opportunity to meet with several business and community leaders and am very encouraged by the momentum generated towards economic growth and community betterment,” Davis said.
Authority chairman Brian Smith said, “Ms. Davis’ background and experience as a Main Street director in both urban and rural communities is already proving beneficial to our local HDDA mission to create a sustainable, revitalized and vibrant downtown. She has extensive experience with promotion of downtown events and the organizational skills necessary to help us make our future downtown activities both exciting and economically beneficial.
Davis relocated to Hinesville from Davenport, Iowa to take the position, vacated by the retirement of the former downtown manager, Sandy White.
“I feel this is a homecoming for my family,” said Davis, who lived in the Hinesville/Fort Stewart area for nearly 10 years collectively with her husband, Jeff, during his military career. “Our family has always referred to Hinesville as our second home. Hinesville is where we raised our two boys and still have many close, personal friendships, she said.  
Historically, downtown Hinesville was a bustling business center where people lived, worked, made business transactions and was entertained.
“I am proud to have a role in redeveloping Hinesville’s downtown district into that kind of place again,” Davis said.
She further explained that revitalization of such an area is an on-going, incremental process that is multi-faceted and involves broad-based community support.
“The HDDA board desires to create and develop our downtown into an attractive and economic hub that benefits our entire community,” Smith said.    
Presently Davis is housed at the Liberty County Development Authority office on Highway 84.
In the near future, she will be overseeing the HDDA restoration of the old historic jail on Main Street. This improvement is intended to not only protect a valuable historic asset of our community, but upon completion will provide the HDDA and Davis a new office in the historic core of Hinesville.
Davis marvels at how much has changed during the past decade, noting the vast development of both commercial and residential properties.
Although she applauds the advancements in the Hinesville area, one thing Davis notes will remain unchanged is the rich culture, charm and good ole southern hospitality Hinesville exudes and is responsible for drawing her back to the area.
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